Elderflower Iced Tea

Elderflower Iced Tea

Elderflower Iced Tea

Continuing the theme of the elderflower-enthusiast.... this is a very light and refreshing cocktail for especially beastly days when the temperature is unbearably hot and you are positively going to expire if you don't clasp a cooling beverage.

Notes :  Yes, Twinings.  It is simply the best tea.  Earl Grey is perfect for this concoction.  Yes, tea bags.  This prevents unsightly stray leaves floating around in your glass. 
The tea needs first to steep, then cool before you can mix this drink, so there is a little planning needed.  I find it prudent to have a readymade jug of tea in the fridge in hot weather to prevent delays and potential disappointment...

Elderflower Iced TEaFor two :
2 tall glasses
4 Twinings Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 litre boiling water
2 shots or about 100mls vodka – for preference, Absolut Wild Tea, as it is already infused with tea and elderflower
2 shots or about 100mls St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 limes, one juiced, one sliced
1 teaspoon sugar or plain syrup
A few mint leaves

Add the boiling water to the tea bags and leave to steep.  Once cooled, chill in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve. If you are lucky enough to have elderflower growing nearby, add a few of the flowers to the tea – it is amazing! 

 

In each tall glass, muddle half the lime juice with half the sugar until the sugar dissolves.
Add one shot of vodka and one shot of St Germain to each glass, then top up with the icy-cold Earl Grey Tea. 

 
Add a couple of slices of lime and a sprig of mint – these ingredients lift the flavour of the elderflower in particular and make the whole affair more refreshing. 

 
Serving with ice is not necessary if the tea is very cold, but please do add it if you prefer.