Monday, 5 August 2013

Cocktail Hour: English Summer Cooler With Earl Grey & Bloom Gin

Messing around with a small 50ml sample bottle of Bloom Gin I was given at the Harvey Nichols Christmas Press Day I managed to create something that is a very English Summer alternative to Pimms for gin drinkers. Lets just pretend that making a cocktail off of a base of lemonade and iced tea (an Arnold Palmer) is not totally American. I think the London, delicate and floral Bloom Gin, Earl Grey Tea and English strawberries save it. 
This recipe mix makes enough to make two tall glasses. I went for a traditional fruit mix, but you can use whatever fruit and citrus fruit you have to hand in the glass. However, I would always say go for strawberries, as a) they go particularly well with Bloom Gin, and b) they soak up all the flavours spectacularly. 

  • 300ml (10 oz) Cold Brewed Earl Grey Tea
  • 50ml (3 1/2 tbsp) Bloom Gin
  • 150ml (5 oz) Lemonade
  • Small handful torn mint
  • 1 inch Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 Lemon, thinly sliced
  • Small Handful Strawberries, sliced 

This is going to sound awesome, but there is not really much to this recipe. Just mix everything above on the ingredients list into a jug and leave it in the fridge for about half an hour to infuse. Serve in tall glasses, over ice if you wish. Enjoy on a hot English Summers afternoon, and let me know what you think about it!


  1. This looks/sounds so nice. I love the way you presented it!

  2. You are so good at making food look delicious! You are super good at presenting things!

  3. This sounds wonderful for summer! I love the photos as well - makes it look delicious xo