Sweet Tea Negroni

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  6 servings
Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  0 minutes

Sweet Tea Negroni

The citrus notes in the Earl Grey tea echo the citrus of the bitters in this lighter riff on the Negroni. It’s best to chill your glasses ahead of time so that the drinks stay colder longer.

Ingredients

4 cups (32 ounces) brewed Earl Grey tea

4 tablespoons superfine sugar

6 ounces gin

2 ounces Campari

2 ounces sweet vermouth or red Lillet

4 to 5 drops orange, lemon or any citrus bitters, Fee Brothers preferred

1 lemon thinly sliced, seeds removed

Instructions

  1. Combine the tea and the sugar in a 4-cup measuring cup or a large mixing bowl with a spout and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Fill a pitcher with ice and pour the mixture into it. Add the gin, Campari, and vermouth or Lillet. Add the bitters and stir once more to combine.
  3. Fill 4 chilled highball or Collins glasses with fresh ice and a lemon slice and strain the mixture into the glasses.  Serve immediately.

Kitchen Tips

The tea should be steeped long enough that the flavor is noticeable, but not too bitter. The amount of steeping time will vary with the variety of tea and what form it takes (tea bag, loose tea, etc.). Click here for advice about tea and steeping times from The Republic of Tea. Once the tea is brewed to your liking, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day.

 

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