White Tea Negroni
Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes
This is indeed a Negroni of another hue. It refreshes after a dinner and is a great way to get those taste buds dancing before the meal. Lovely at a brunch, it’s the epitome of a balanced drink. Suze Saveur d’Autrefois is a sweet-spicy liqueur from France, and it gives this punch a lovely, balanced flavor that is reinforced by the citrusy bitters and the sweet, citrusy Lillet. Remember that it’s best to chill your glasses ahead of time so that the drinks stay colder longer.
1 cup (8 ounces) brewed white tea
4 ounces gin, Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire preferred
3 ounces white Lillet or sweet white vermouth
2 ounces Suze Saveur d’Autrefois liqueur
3 drops orange, lemon, or grapefruit bitters, Fee Brothers preferred
1 lemon, cut into thin slices, seeds removed
2 limes, cut into thin slices, seeds removed
- Fill a pitcher with crushed ice. Add the tea, gin, Lillet or vermouth, liqueur and bitters. Stir well.
- Fill 4 chilled rocks glasses with fresh ice and add a lemon and lime slice to each. Strain the mixture into the glasses.
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.