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National Tea Day - Bars Should Embrace a Teatime Theme – G & Tea

It’s National Tea Day on 21 April providing the perfect excuse for bars to offer something fun and different on the menu by mingling a favourite tipple – gin - with the nation’s favourite hot beverage*. It could also be a perfect addition to cocktail lists for Jubilee celebrations.

This Rock Rose G & Tea cocktail is refreshing and sophisticated.

The bergamot notes in this fine, fragrant black tea pair well with the botanicals in Rock Rose Gin and are enhanced in this cocktail recipe with the addition of just a little extra bergamot.

This 41.5%ABV gin from the very north coast of Scotland offers up a delicate aroma of rose from the locally foraged rose of the rock, mixed cardamom, and a touch of citrus. Berry notes merge with the slightly floral nose to give a full-bodied, rounded gin, with the zing of juniper coming through followed by the sharpness of the sea buckthorn and a long, sherbet lemon finish.

Ingredients for a Rock Rose G & Tea

50ml Rock Rose Gin

50ml Chilled Earl Grey tea

25ml Sugar syrup

25ml Lemon juice

A few drops of bergamot bitters (optional)

Garnish: lemon or bergamot peel


Half fill a cocktail shaker and add all the ingredients. Shake well and then strain into a rocks glass with a large ice ball. Garnish with a twist of lemon or, in winter, a twist of bergamot.

* Tea remains Britain’s favourite beverage. Tea is by far the most popular drink consumed in Britain today, with over 100,000,000 cups being drunk in the UK every single day of the year, according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association (Source: Earl Grey Tea seems to have originated in the 1800s although the exact provenance is a matter of debate.


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