Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Cuban Earl
This is quickly becoming my go-to summer beverage. It can be either mock or cocktail, depending on whether you're pregnant or nursing (like me), or just prefer sans alcohol (weirdo).
Earl Grey tea has long been my favourite, so naturally I needed an iced version for hot afternoons in the sun.
So here you have, The Cuban Earl (don't try google-ing this cuz I made the name up).
To start: Steep a couple of tea bags in a full pot of water. Steep in the sun to infuse some of that summer joy right into the tea. After steeping (about 5-10 minutes) remove bags, pour into jug and pop into the fridge to chill.
Then: Make some basil simple syrup. What? You don't know how? Don't worry, I just learned yesterday and they don't call it simple for nothing.
Just take 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves. I am fortunate enough to have a basil plant in my wee garden, but store-bought basil won't be horrible either.
Simmer that sweetness together until the sugar dissolves, cool completely, and strain into a jar. Stores for 1 week.
Next: After everything has chilled, just fill a big glass (I refuse to drink from a mason jar, but go for it, if that's your jam...) with ice, pour in the tea, add a tsp or two of simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime. If you want to spice it up, feel free to add a splash or two...or three of gin.
And enjoy! Actually, first Instagram that crap and impress all your friends, then enjoy.