Glass Type: Martini
Garnish: Lemon wedge
2oz Earl Gray Infused Gin
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1oz Simple Syrup
Chill the martini glass. Place the gin, lemon juice and syrup into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Drain the martini glass and wet the rim with a lemon wedge, and then coat the rim with sugar. Strain the mixed contents into the glass adn garnish with a lemon wedge.
When I got back to the US I went to a local Chinese restaurant and bar named Empire who did a really cool Asian twist on the tea and gin combo. The drink I'm about to describe here is my take on their cocktail, called Dragon's milk. It's a mix of green tea infused gin, pandan syrup, coconut milk, and Thai basil. I experimented with a few different ratios and found that I liked a version that had a bit of green tea also added to it. Before we get to the drink I may need to explain some of the ingredients. Green tea infused gin I made in the same manner as the Earl Gray gin mentioned above. Pandan syrup and Thai basil should hopefully be available at any local Asian market. For me unfortunately I could not find pandan syrup, but did find the leaves- which Google assured me I could make the syrup from.
|Pandan Leaves & Mortar & Pestle|
Glass Type: High Ball
Garnish: Thai Basil
6-8 Thai Basil Leaves, thinly chopped
2oz Green Tea Infused Gin
1 shot Coconut Milk
1/2 shot Pandan Syrup
Additional coconut milk or green tea as desired
Place the chopped leaves, gin, pandan syrup, and coconut milk in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into highball glass and top off with any combination of additional ice, coconut milk or green tea. Too much coconut milk made the drink a bit too creamy for my liking, and a little extra green tea I found quite nice. Some may prefer more coconut however, and if I had made my own fresh coconut milk as opposed to canned, I probably would have added more. Either way the classic play of pandan and coconut is great in this drink.
As a short bonus, I had a lot of extra green tea infused gin lying around after making these and decided to play with it a bit. I muddled a couple leaves of Thai basil with palm sugar, added the juice of half a lime and 2oz of gin. This was a good drink, and I'd recommend it if you happen to have the ingredients lying around.