The Teasmith Gin: 3 Easy Tasty Cocktails4 min read

Take it easy, but take it

I am all about the gin. Any excuse for gin and I’m in. But I’m not huge on gin and tonic, which makes gin tastings slightly awkward. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my parents, it’s that drink tastes better with age. My relationship with tonic water is going from strength to strength. The more I drink it, the less it makes my eyebrows fall off. And I’ve recently found an eclectic new tonic which puts the cheese in my toastie. And that is Walter Gregor’s Scottish Raspberry tonic. Combine that with The Teasmith gin and I’m a slev’rin. But IMO, there’s an even better way to drink gin these days, and that’s in a cocktail. And my inner bartender has recently been playing with easy tasty cocktails, done by shot measurements. Because not everyone has a jigger in their pantry.

The Teasmith Gin Easy Tasty Cocktails

The Teasmith takes its inspiration from James Taylor, from Aberdeenshire, who sailed to British Ceylon and in doing so, changed the face of tea production. Alongside Thomas Lipton, a Scottish immigrant, the tea industry was changed forever. Never one to miss an opportunity, The Teasmith became the first Scottish gin to distill with tea. The punchy herbs and citrus botanicals marry extremely well with the tea infusion. We still can’t figure out why it took so long for someone to think of this. Talk about killing two stones?

Creole Cooler

If you haven’t yet strolled the Vieux Carré with a punchy NOLA cocktail in hand, have you even lived? New Orleans is the King of cocktails and one of the only American cities where you can drink on the streets. As we were told during our trip: “Drinking on the streets here isn’t just allowed, it is encouraged.”

Taking inspiration from the plum fizz, a cocktail with big New Orleans vibes, we have created the Creole Cooler. As far as easy tasty cocktails go, this one couldn’t be more on the mark. Herby notes from The Teasmith, combined with sweet, warming notes from the plum and vanilla liqueur, tied together with punchy ginger and sharp lemon. This is an all-round crowd pleaser.

Gin-gredients

  • 1 shot of The Teasmith Gin
  • 2 shots of Plum and Vanilla Liqueur by Edinburgh Gin
  • Half shot of lemon juice
  • Half shot of sugar syrup (optional but great for a sweet tooth)
  • Lemon peel garnish (optional)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to Make

  • Add The Teasmith, plum and vanilla liqueur, lemon juice and optional sugar syrup into a shaker, with ice.
  • Shake well
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice
  • Top up with ginger ale
  • Garnish with lemon peel
  • Enjoy every moment

Apple of my Aye

We are forever making jugs of easy tasty cocktails at home, for movie nights or for no particular reason. And because we are at home, we can slum it in pyjamas and make punch bowls so we don’t have to go back and fore to the kitchen every 10 minutes. 10 minutes is roughly how long a cocktail lasts me by the way. I know what you’re thinking, “how do you make them last so long, Victoria?” And it takes some level of self-restraint.

This cocktail is sweet, syrupy, punchy and extremely moreish. And it doesn’t seem to leave me with much of a hangover so big bonus points there.

Gin-gredients

  • 1 shot of The Teasmith Gin
  • 2 shots of St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 shot of lemon juice
  • 2 shots of apple juice
  • 1 shot of sugar syrup (or half, to taste)
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker

How to Make

  • Empty all the ingredients in the shaker except the ice and shake well
  • Strain mixture into a jug or glass and empty the waste from the shaker (I know, is cocktail waste even a thing?)
  • Pour all ingredients back into the shaker, shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice (the reason this cocktail is double strained is to give the egg the right consistency, it also leaves a lovely foam at the top)
  • Make it again. It’s perfect.

Sweet Tears

We were recently sent a bottle of rose syrup from the Yandra Tea Company and I was itchin’ to get it into a cocktail. But all I’ve done is drink cocktails these last 2 weeks and it’s been catching up with me. So I was waiting for a good and proper-tunity to make some easy tasty cocktails using rose, that wouldn’t be too much effort to make/would be easy to drink and would taste just like juice so I could responsibly drink 7 of them without becoming a broken human. This cocktail is sweet, citrusy, not too strong and The Teasmith isn’t lost against the punchy flavours of rose and lemon. Sweet Tears is also a great gin-troductory cocktail for gin newbies/pre-converts.

Gin-gredients

  • 2 shots of The Teasmith Gin
  • 1 shot of Berry Good Limoncello
  • 1 shot of Yandra Rose Syrup
  • Lemonade (or soda water, depending on your sweet tooth)
  • Ice
  • Lemon Peel garnish (optional)

How to Make

  • Fill a highball glass halfway up with ice
  • Pop The Teasmith, the limoncello, and the rose syrup into the glass and stir
  • Top up with lemonade or soda water
  • Garnish with lemon peel (optional)
Victoria

Victoria

The Chief.
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