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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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‘Influenza Sorbet’ is the New Chicken Noodle Soup

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Reptar Bars a la Rugrats. Updated Thin Mints (cupcakes). A new level of PB&J. We here at Foodbeast have a strong and enduring love for the classics. We love, too, when someone has the wherewithal to keep said classics clean and snappy and relevant to the fast-paced world of 2013. Where would we be, for instance, without the soothing effects of grandma’s chicken noodle this flu season? Dead? Probably.

And while soup doesn’t necessarily translate into great ice cream, Jeni’s Influenza Sorbet (now called “Hot Toddy Sorbet” so that it puts you in the mind of Usher, and not illness, I assume) effectively whips together the age old combination of whiskey, honey, and lemon into a delicious and healthy-ish dessert. It incorporates all that stuff you’re supposed to eat when you’re sick: ginger (for nausea), cayenne pepper (congestion), honey (cough/sore throat), orange and lemon juice, because citrus, and, of course, a little Maker’s Mark whiskey (recently watered down, did you hear??).

Okay, so maybe it’s not really “healthy” per se. But when you’re sick, calories don’t count. Obviously.

Jeni’s Influenza/Hot Toddy Sorbet $12.00/pint @ Jeni’s 

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious