G & Tea Cocktail

1 January 2015

G & Tea Cocktail

I spotted this G & Tea drink in M&S a few weeks ago while doing some last minute Christmas shopping. I don't usually buy pre mixed cocktails but this one I could not resist, especially after seeing it appear in Jaye's tea cocktails post this week. It contains pretty much everything I could ever want in a drink - gin? check! tea? check! a pun in the name that I found far more amusing than I really should have? that's a definite check! unnecessary amounts of edible glitter to help you show all your holiday guests how fun and whimsical and festive you are? check! I never stood a chance.

So this week I bought a bottle ready for new year's Eve, the unusual flavours and glitter made it seem like a perfect drink to end the year on.

Gin and Tea Cocktail

I've had a few cocktails combining gin and tea in the past so I had high hopes for this one. It contains M&S gold tea, botanical gin, apple juice, lemongrass and elderflower. I thought the tea flavour was the perfect strength, it adds a little bitterness against the sweet apple juice and the elderflower and lemon are very fragrant alongside the flavours in the gin. At 18%, its on the strong side for a pre mixed drink and I could definitely taste the alcohol in this so you do need to like gin at least a little. I'd suggest serving over ice or if you'd like something a little milder top up with a dash of tonic or soda water or a light lemonade.

While I know it won't please everyone, and it's not something I'd drink regularly, I think they did a great job with this festive offering and it's definitely something I'd pick up again for other special occasions. 

15 comments

  1. Ooh gin and tea, that's a combination I've not come across before! Sounds good though and anything sparkly I want to give a try. I'll keep an eye out for this if I ever find myself in M&S in the near future!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Yum! I love all things gin and tea as well so this would be ideal for me. I don't ever think of buying pre mixed cocktails but it is nice for something different! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  3. That sounds/looks really delicious. That + lemonade is an awesome idea.

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  4. It was so good! Just a little splash to carbonate it and weaken it a little, plus lemon and tea/gin is always a good mix! :)

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  5. I'm exactly the same, I'd usually just make cocktails myself but the ingredients in this were such good quality and for the price I was happy to try it as a bit of a novelty, glad I did! :)

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  6. Gin and tea is fab! An earl grey martini is one of my signatures when hosting friends, well worth a go :) x

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  7. It really is awesome stuff! I'm so glad I bought 2 bottles :) x

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  8. What a fun idea! Gotta hand it to the supermarkets they're upping their game what with Hestons Cherry Bakewell Vodka. There are some cool choices out there x

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  9. I can't believe I hadn't heard about cherry bakewell vodka, that sounds amazing! I've been really impressed with their drinks collaborations in the past (I have a post about the fruit cup and earl grey gin somewhere) so I'm definitely about to go and look that up! x

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  10. Waitrose sell it. I bought a bottle for Christmas for my friend but I haven't tried it myself yet. I'm angling for a invite to try some! The only trouble is, they are too easy to drink! x

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  11. Ahh, there are a ton of ways to combine them, it's such a good mix! I didn't have this one warm and I've made some other tea cocktails in the past that I didn't, the tea flavour is usually really subtle but I've had other hot gin drinks before so I see no reason why you couldn't heat it up! x

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  12. I didn't know gin and tea was a thing! I bet this is lovely and I love the packaging. Woo.


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  13. This looks divine! And I love your cutesy tea cup for serving! Sounds yum.
    Sarah-Jane xo // www.vmgirl.me

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  14. This sounds delicious! Great name too haha!


    hannahnotes.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. It's so much a thing! I can't believe how many people have commented having never tried it, I'll have to share some recipes with you all, they go so well together x

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