Tea can make a fantastic component in a cocktail recipe. This Gunpowder Gimlet cocktail takes top honors, impressing with its magical mix of infusions.
There may be just four ingredients in this recipe, but they are a treasure trove of unique flavors. It begins by prepping two ingredients, including a 2-hour infusion of green tea in Ford's Gin and a special pistachio honey syrup, which also takes about 2 hours (how convenient is that!). It is this nutty syrup that really set the drink apart and gives the classic Gimlet a nice, modern spin.
While you have the pistachio syrup, use it to sweeten your green tea. It's a natural compliment as this recipe proves and should prove useful in a number of other drinks as well.
- 1 1/2 ounces green tea-infused Ford's Gin (recipe below)
- 1/2 ounce salted pistachio honey syrup (recipe below)
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 3-4 dashes Olive Heights Roman Chamomile Bitters
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass with fresh crushed ice.
How to Infuse Gin
- Add 1/4 cup of green tea leaves to a 1-liter bottle of Ford's Gin.
- Allow to steep for 2 hours.
- Strain out tea leaves and pour into a bottle with a tight-sealing lid.
How to Make Salted Pistachio Honey Syrup
- Add salted pistachios and equal parts honey and water to a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then turn off heat.
- Let cool and sit in pan (covered) for 1-2 hours.
- Strain out pistachios and bottle in a jar with a tight-sealing lid.
- Store in refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy Ben Carpenter, Head Bartender at Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena, California.