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This UK-Inspired Earl Grey Cocktail Is Perfect For Springtime And Tea Time

The Spring season has finally transitioned from “right around the corner” to “OH SHIIIIIT it’s SPRING! SPRING BREAK 2016 NO REGRETS!! #CanItBeSUMMERyet?!?”

No, it cannot be summer yet. We’re too busy enjoying la primavera to even think about el verano—flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, butterflies are butterflying, and bees are buzzing. You deserve a buzz of your own, too.

Enter: the FOGGY LONDON, a hot tea cocktail that mixes classic Earl Grey tea with gin, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk, and lavender. The gin will cleanse your soul better than any “spring cleaning” sesh would, while the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of springtime themes like refreshment and lightness.

And at the end of the day, The Foggy London makes for a solid cocktail without leaving your belly feeling too solid. Enjoy it by yourself, with your mom, or with your mom’s mom during afternoon tea time (depending how tight you are with Granny).

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

The Foggy London

6-oz. Earl Grey tea

1-2-oz. Gin

1-oz. Vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1.   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2.   Combine all of the above ingredients with 2 sprigs of lavender and mix well. Garnish with lavender. 

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3 Boozy Hot Toddy Ideas From Around The World

Tea is like denim—classic, universally appreciated, and won’t go out of style anytime soon due to its versatilitea. And, in addition to its various cultural significances and many health benefits, tea is straight-up delicious.

It’s delicious, and fun to experiment with, too. Just by adding a bit of spice here, a pinch of sweetness there—and if you’re 21+, a swig of the good stuff—you can easily create a truly unique drink. Obviously we’re enamored with the idea of a tea cocktail, given our history as self-proclaimed ‘alcohol auteurs,’ so we conceptualized three to share with our fellow tea lovers (call it hospitalitea). We looked to a few of the top tea-drinking countries in the world for inspiration.

To put a twist on the iconic “London Fog,” we combine earl grey with gin, vanilla and lavender to create a drinkable homage to the UK. India sparked an idea of uniting spicy chai with sweet condensed milk and dark rum to yield a Masala Chai Toddy. And you can’t have a conversation about tea without mentioning Japan; known for their use of green teas in both everyday and traditional senses, we paired it with sake, lemon juice, and ginger to build the “Gurīnmashīn.”

However you may take your cup of tea, just be sure that it’s qualitea…and that’s exactly what you’ll get with these toddy recipes.


Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1)   Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3)   Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.


The Foggy London

6 oz Earl Grey tea

1-2 oz gin

1 oz  vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1)   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Combine all of the above ingredients, with 2 sprigs of lavender, and mix well. Garnish with lavender.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat


Gurīnmashīn

6 oz Green tea

1-2 oz sake

½ oz simple syrup

Lemon juice

Ground ginger

Mint sprigs (for garnish)

1)   Brew Green tea with ginger. Let it steep 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add simple syrup, a few teaspoons of lemon juice, and sake.

3)   Combine the above with the tea in a glass, and mix well. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Here’s How To Make A Boozy, Masala Chai Toddy

It’s all over—the holidays have been celebrated, the games have been played, and red carpets have been rolled up (for the most part). We’re officially entering that dark part of winter when the weather sucks and everyone’s down with a sickness; the only light at the end of the tunnel is knowing sweet spring is close enough to taste.

But, we can’t taste it just yet, so until we can, let’s try and keep spirits cheery by making the most of the season… aka, drink up! A little boost from a Masala Chai Toddy should do the trick. With a rich blend of aromatic spices and black tea, a touch of sweetness from condensed milk, and a few splashes of dark rum (for good health), it’s the perfect pick-me-up for this kind of spell.

Luckily the recipe is so easy a snowman could do it. Lipton’s Enticing Chai already contains many of the essential spices and herbs that make a Masala Chai—black tea, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. Simply brew and mix well with the milk, rum, and some crushed cardamom, and you’ll see yourself warming up in no time.

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Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1) Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2) Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3) Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.

Created in partnership with Lipton

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20 Refreshing Tea Cocktails for Springtime Sippin’

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There’s sunshine in the air, or at least, later into the afternoon. With the new light of Daylight Savings to remind us just how close summer is, it’s all we can do not to hop on the next flight to some balmy tropical locale (or, you know, the community pool). To help us all ease into into these warmer climes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tea and tea-infused cocktails to thaw our tired, frigid hearts. More backyard-friendly than Irish Coffees, but not quite so “SPRING BREAAAAAKKKK!1!!!” as margaritas, they’re just the things to transport us to warmer, simpler days. Or at least make it taste like it.

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Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

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Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Gin and Peppermint Tea

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Recipe: Home Cooking Adventure

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Jack’s Tennessee Sweet Tea

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Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian

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Russian Iced Tea

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Recipe: Sprinkles and Sauce

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Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Sparkling Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Food Fashion and Fun

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Amaretto Green Tea Boba

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Recipe: Fake Food Free

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Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Erin’s Food Files

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Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea

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Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Baked Bree

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Secret Garden Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Chin Deep

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Mardi Gras Bourbon Green Tea

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Recipe: Living in Vogue

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Ginger Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: YumSugar

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Noto-Cello Tea

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Recipe: Bobbies Baking Blog

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Apple Spice Tea

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Recipe: Wandering Spice

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Pomegranate, Sweet Tea, and Gin

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Recipe: Around My Family Table

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Golden Jasmine Martini

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Recipe: Food Blog and The Dog

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whisky

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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The Anne Marie

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Recipe: Wasabi Prime

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Earl Grey Gin

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Recipe: The Framed Table