Do you ever want to feel sophisticated, but then you realize you're too lazy for it? You want to make that fancy cocktail with the infused liquor, but it's just too tedious, and let's be honest, you want it now and not in a week? You feel like you want to start boozing before noon, but you're tired of mimosas and blood(less) Mary's?
Friends, this drink is for you.
It's earl grey. Sparkly. Bright. Fancy.
....but also, easy?
It's earl grey infused vodka.
.....in just 30 minutes?
It's got tea in it.
.....so it's appropriate for breakfast?
Yes. Well, no, but I won't tell anyone.
At least as long as you put your bottle of vodka away, your cohabitants will be none the wiser. You were just making a cup of tea, right?!
Right. That's my cup of tea. Let's begin.
Lemon Earl Grey Fizz
Makes: 4 cocktails
Time: 10 minutes active, 30 minutes inactive
1 cup regular vodka
1 teaspoon earl grey tea, or one teabag
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
Club soda or sparkling water
First, get the tea infusing. Using a tea bag or a tea infuser, place the tea into the (room temperature) vodka to steep for thirty minutes. You can swirl the tea bag or infuser periodically. I don't recommend steeping for over thirty minutes because, just like tea in water, it gets bitter.
While the vodka tea is steeping, make the lemon simple syrup. Place the sugar, water, and lemon zest into a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Once the sugar begins dissolving, stir until completely dissolved and remove from heat. Transfer to a heat safe container and place in freezer or refrigerator to cool while the vodka tea finishes steeping.
After 30 minutes, remove the tea from the vodka.
To prepare the drinks, combine 2 parts earl grey vodka with 1 part lemon simple syrup (more or less to taste). Pour over ice, top with soda water, and stir and enjoy.