How’s everyone doing? Hope you’re staying home and staying safe ❤️. This social distancing stuff is weird; it’s so opposite of my general nature, I thrive on being busy and social. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t easy, but I know it’s necessary and so we’ve stayed home for the last three weeks or so.
Wanting to feel a sense of normalcy, my bestie Holly and I decided to attempt our first virtual cocktail making hangout. We put the little ones down for a nap, fired up FaceTime on the iPad and crafted a new cocktail for everyone to try! It was fun (except for the part where my bottle of prosecco exploded on me while I opened it 🤦🏼♀️ haha).
We’ve been wanting to try a foamy cocktail for awhile now. I’m not going to lie, the idea of adding a raw egg white to my drink made me a little weary, but I can assure you that it’s totally flavourless, it just adds an awesome foamy topper to your drink.
This cocktail was so good. By now you’ve probably already realized I love gin and a tea-based cocktail, so this one was right up my alley! Delicious, refreshing, slightly citrusy–I’ll definitely be making it again!
Earl Grey’s Royal Gin Fizz
Yields 1 drink
0.75 oz Gin (we used Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin)
0.75 oz Earl Grey-infused simple syrup (recipe below)
0.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white
2-3 oz of champagne or prosecco
Handful of ice
Earl Grey tea leaves, finely chopped, to garnish
Combine gin, Earl Grey-infused simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and an egg white in a cocktail shaker.
Start with a dry shake: shake the concoction vigorously, without ice, to emulsify the egg white. This will help give the egg a nice whipped and foamy texture.
Then, do a wet shake: add some ice and shake again to help cool the drink.
Double strain into your cocktail glass and slowly top with Champagne or prosecco – about two to three ounces (careful, the drink foams up quickly).
Lastly, add a dusting of finely chopped Earl Grey tea leaves to garnish. Or, a sprig of lavender or a twist of lemon would work great too!
Earl Grey-infused simple syrup
Yields enough for 3-4 cocktails
1/2 cup water
2 Earl Grey tea bags (I used Blue Hour)
Boil equal parts sugar and water in a medium sauce pan until the sugar fully dissolves. Remove from heat and steep the tea bags for 5-6 minutes.
Allow it to cool before using. The simple syrup can be stored in your fridge for up to three weeks.
Hope you enjoy our latest cocktail. We’re loving in some crazy times right now, I’d say we all deserve a weekday treat! Stay hone & stay safe and be sure to tag us on Instagram (@alexandtribe @chandeliers.and.champagne) if you make any of our cocktails!
Cheers 🥂 Alex & Holly