No-ABV (alcohol by quantity) cocktails – or “mocktails,” as we frequently name them – are mainly cocktails minus the booze. The problem of constructing a memorable one is discovering elements that may substitute for the complexity of taste that alcohol supplies.
Whereas espresso has not too long ago gained recognition as a mocktail ingredient (see the ever present Espresso and Tonic), tea can also be a wonderful strategy to create fragrant, caffeine-boosted libations! Earl Gray shares comparable flavors with tonic water to make for a pleasant citrusy pairing, so it’s a helpful addition to your own home bar once you’re not ingesting alcohol.
WHY TEA IS GREAT FOR MOCKTAILS
When one is abstaining from alcohol-based bitters and liqueurs, tea can add that mandatory contact of bitterness and astringency to a non-alcoholic drink. It is usually one other manner so as to add layers of taste: steeping tea baggage straight in syrup eliminates the necessity to add extra liquid into your mocktail, which may dilute your drink additional.
THE TRICK TO A GOOD MOCKTAIL
One thing else to bear in mind when making a mocktail is viscosity. Alcohol has a sure weight in a drink and in your tongue. If you drink, say, a fruit juice, you understand you might be ingesting a juice. However if you happen to made a juice/spirit combine, whereas the flavour would clearly let you know it’s alcoholic, there may be additionally a tangible distinction in the best way it feels in your mouth.
To duplicate that have to some extent on this mocktail, I created a wealthy tea syrup for a heavier mouthfeel. Giving physique to the drink elevates it and makes it really feel extra like a cocktail and never only a easy sweetened beverage.
DO NOT UNDER-STEEP YOUR TEA SYRUP!
We’re all used to the advisable brew instances for tea, often clocking in at 4 to 5 minutes. Nevertheless, right here you’re searching for concentrated flavors. A brief steep time will end in a weaker flavored syrup.
Don’t fear – the longer steep time received’t make the drink too bitter. You probably have unfastened tea, use two to 3 tablespoons of tea, relying on how strongly flavored your tea is. If you happen to’ve picked up a new-to-you tea, begin with two baggage, and if you happen to’d like extra taste, steep a 3rd bag.
THE BEST TONIC WATER TO USE FOR A TEA AND TONIC
There are such a lot of tonic waters in the marketplace proper now that selecting one may appear troublesome. Any fundamental tonic would work and nonetheless strike the proper candy and bitter notes as a result of quinine.
For this drink particularly, although, I discover that Fever-Tree’s Indian Tonic, with its bitter orange taste, actually enhances the bergamot. Keep away from the extra powerfully flavored tonic waters, which may compete with the assertive citrus and floral notes of bergamot.
If Earl Gray shouldn’t be a taste you get pleasure from (or like my husband, it brings on a migraine), many different floral or natural teas may work. Hibiscus, lemon verbena, or a rooibos tea would carry a complementary taste and work with the tonic. You can additionally swap out the lemon right here for lime or grapefruit.
STORING YOUR EARL GREY SYRUP
Hold this syrup in an hermetic container within the fridge and it’ll final you at the very least a month.
You probably have leftover syrup, you should use it to glaze tea desserts or donut holes, or to sweeten a rice pudding.