Sweet, floral lavender combines with the creamy citrus flavor of Earl Grey and refreshing mint to create this unique Lavender Earl Grey Mojito. You’ll also learn to make your own infused liquors easily and inexpensively so that you can create any cocktail you can imagine.
For this recipe you’ll need: white rum, Earl Grey Tea, culinary lavender, limes, mint leaves, Lavender soda or club soda, on the rocks glasses, a pint canning jar with a lid
I think that Earl Grey is probably one of the most romantic teas ever. Sip a cup of Earl Grey and I defy you to not imagine yourself in a Victorian novel, a cozy mystery, or a Hallmark movie. Earl Grey goes with reading the afternoon away on a comfy window seat with the rain pattering against the glass or next to a crackling fire in a musty Victorian library.
The first time I tried a lavender Earl Grey I was totally won over by the combination of the floral and citrus combination. The other day I started thinking about cocktails that I wanted to make and one of the flavor combinations that kept coming up was Lavender Earl Grey. I finally decided that that flavor combination would just be perfect with my favorite Mojito and the rest is kind of history.
The tea and lavender will need to infuse in white rum for a few days until it is ready so you’ll need to plan ahead. I really loved the mellowness that the tea added to the rum so I’m going to make a larger amount and use it in other cocktails. I imagine that eventually my entire pantry will be filled with various infusions of liquor to the point that we’ll have to move the spaghetti and canned goods to another spot.
Once you get the hang of infusing liquor the possibilities are endless. It’s not difficult to do, either. You just need to drop the ingredients you want to infuse into a pint or quart jar, cover with the liquor of choice (rum, vodka, gin usually) and give it a stir before covering it and letting the magic happen. Depending on what you are infusing and the strength you want, it could take hours, days, or weeks. That has to be a matter of trial and error. Check it every day to see when it is as strong as you like — in the case of this infusion it took three days until I was happy with the flavor.
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I used Dry Lavender soda to give it a little more lavender flavor but you could use club soda if you like.
Lavender Earl Grey Mojito Recipe
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- 2 cups white rum
- 3 teaspoons Earl Grey or 3 tea bags
- 1 teaspoon culinary lavender
- 6 large mint leaves
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 2 ounces Lavender and Earl Grey infused rum
- 3 ounces Dry Lavender soda or club soda
- Add the Earl Grey, lavender, and rum to a pint jar.
- Cover tightly and set in a cool, dark place for 3 days.
- Stir daily and taste to check flavor.
- When the flavor is to your liking strain the rum into a clean jar.
- Cover and store in the pantry.
Lavender Earl Grey Mojito
- Add the mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup to an on the rocks glass.
- Muddle (or smash) the leaves until they are fragrant with a muddler or the back of a spoon.
- Add the rum.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Carefully pour the lavender soda or club soda over the top.
- Garnish with more mint and a slice or two of lime.
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