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.
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.