The delicious Highclere High Tea Cocktail can transport you straight to England, the home of high tea! That’s right, we’re taking it straight to the UK with this tasty blend of botanicals and raspberry preserves that pairs beautifully with a light afternoon meal. Isn’t it great when a cocktail makes you feel like royalty? This one is definitely Queen Bee approved, but before you go off to shake up your own, I have a quick note…
Using preserves or jams in cocktails can be a fun and tasty way to get creative with your recipes. I’ve used jam in several of my recipes and always enjoy the results! Why not, right? It’s sweet & fruity, making it a delicious addition to a cocktail, but there is a bit of art & science to it. You may think you can swap equal amounts of a jam for the sugar/syrup in your drink, but it’s not that simple. Jam is indeed a sweetener, but it’s also an acid. The fruit’s natural acids behave just like its natural sugar when they’re concentrated. They intensify! So a good rule is to start with a bit more jam than you would have of sugar and also slightly reduce the other acids in your drink, like the lemon juice in this recipe.
Step 1: Combine all ingredients in your cocktail shaker. Shake well with ice until well chilled.
Step 2: Double strain into a stemmed cocktail glass with fresh raspberries.
Why double strain? The process of double straining is to ensure that any unwanted pieces like fruit or egg whites aren’t left in your cocktail before drinking– making for a perfectly smooth sip each time!
I chose to garnish this Highclere High Tea gin-based cocktail with a beautiful pink flower and of course some delicious raspberries!
The best part of mixing cocktails for yourself is that there isn’t really a right answer. There’s only an answer that’s right for you. So, play around with it and find the perfect amounts for your taste buds! While you’re at it, put on the High Tea Baroque Music playlist on YouTube, bust out your best British accent, and let your imagination run as wild as I let mine!