On paper, this ticked all the right boxes for me; I love Tanqueray No. 10, and I love Early Grey tea. I also love lemon, so all-in-all this was a must-try from Graphic’s cocktail menu.
I managed to order this one from my seat, so didn’t see it being made, but the ingredients were listed on the menu. A little internet searching bought me to the proportions (although sources vary).
Earl Grey Martini (or MarTEAni)
- 50ml Earl Grey-infused Tanqueray 10
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml sugar syrup
- 15ml egg white
Infusing Tanqueray No. 10 with Earl Grey
Take 1 bottle (75cl) of Tanqueray No. 10 and add 4 tablespoons of good quality Earl Grey tea. Leave for two hours at room temperature, then strain.
The resinous, almost-woody tastes of the chamomile in the T10 blend so well with the floral flavours of the bergamot and black tea. The entire mixture is very aromatic and exists very heavily in the nose. The lemon, something that is commonly taken in Earl Grey tea, underpins the whole mix with a citrus base that unifies and compliments the other flavours very well. The result is a very delicate and complex unity of floral and citrus notes that are a joy to drink.
The egg white adds a lot of body and texture; most spirit-based cocktails are very thin and cleansing – the egg white adds some “cling” to the mixture, coating the mouth and giving a much longer finish.
I think this works by completing a circle of flavour shifting with Lemon. Chamomile oil is very resinous and slightly spicy, as well as being slightly floral. Bergamot is very floral with only hints of its citrus nature. These two bridge to each other very well, but the missing element of citrus completes a circle of flavours that traditionally surround the juniper in gin.
I loved this cocktail; my only regret is that last night, I finished my Tanqueray No. 10.