The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46



How to… put some ‘oomph’ in your tea

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


Tea-Tails at Min Jiang

Thanks to the proliferation of coffee chains on the high street it would appear that our love affair with tea seems to be waning. Shame, there’s nothing like a nice slurp of ‘Rosie’ to put the world to rights. But if the idea of Builders Brew, a splash of milk and two sugars doesn’t suit, perhaps an infusion in your cocktails might be more, ahem, your cup of tea?

At Min Jiang they’ve devised a ‘Tea-Tails’ menu made up of the finest Chinese teas blended with spirits, liqueurs and fresh ingredients to complement the three flavour profiles. For instance, the ‘Oolong’ Tea Tail combines Havana Club 7 year old rum, Malibu coconut rum and a slice of orange with Spring King Oolong tea, while the ‘Scented’ option allows the delicate Forbidden Dragon Pearl jasmine tea to mingle with vodka, lychee liqueur and twist of lemon. There’s also an ‘Infusion’ variety made with chrysanthemum seed tea, Courvoisier VS Cognac, Angostura aromatic bitters, sugar syrup and a twist of orange. Each Tea Ttail is served with a pot of freshly brewed tea to top-up at your leisure.

Or you could take yours with a speakeasy-style twist… At UFF Tea, the Oolong Weekend invites guests to dress up in 1930s splendour as they listen to live jazz and sip on cocktails such as the French Concession (Portobello Road Gin, fresh watermelon, green tea syrup and basil); The April 12th Incident (Santa Teresa Reserva Rum, cognac and peach liqueur, English Breakfast Tea, lemon and sugar), and the New Youth (Belenkaya Vodka, Velvet Falernum, fresh citrus and vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom chai topped with a splash of apple juice) – all served from enamel mugs.

And for those who like their tea with a dunk, howsabout the new Naughty or Nice Tea & Biscuits menu at Reform Social & Grill? Play it straight with the ‘Nice’ selection offering classic styles such as Lady and Earl Grey with homemade biscuits including Rich Tea, Fig Rolls and Jaffa Cakes to accompany. Or indulge your ‘Naughty’ side with tea-based cocktails including the Gunfire (dark rum, maple syrup, ginger bitters, hibiscus tea and orange zest), and the Royal Tea Gin Cocktail (gin, Pimm’s no. 1, spices, lemon zest and Earl Grey Tea), perfectly paired with Jammy Dodgers, Ginger Nut and Garibaldi biscuits.

Take that coffee – tea is back with some serious attitude.

The Cocktail Lovers say…

Make one at home: Pour 50ml of gin over ice in a rocks glass, top up with chilled Earl of Grey tea, add sugar syrup and a squeeze of lemon to taste. Recipe from Joe’s Tea Co.

This week we’re loving…

…preparing for take-off at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses. New on the menu is the ‘Red Carpet’, a stylish and exceedingly delicious blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, crème de framboise and fresh lemon juice, created by Matteo Vanzi, winner of the Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender global competition. The rich, red libation served in a glamorous Champagne flute was created specially for Virgin Atlantic and sure gets travelling off to the perfect start.

Available at the airline’s Clubhouses in Heathrow, Gatwick, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Washington, JFK, Newark and Johannesburg.

As featured in The Independent Dish of the Day blog 6/2/2014


The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


Be the first to hear the latest news, get sneaky peeks inside upcoming issues of The Cocktail Lovers magazine, receive special offers and lots more. (And we promise we won’t share your details with anyone else).

To get the latest copy of our gorgeous print magazine just click on the cover!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The Cocktail Lovers magazine is packed with features, fashion, food, travel, interviews, news, recipes – all written from a cocktail lover’s perspective. Published four times a year, take your pick from the luxurious print edition or get your fix in the page-turning digital format – either way, it couldn’t be easier to start a subscription or order back issues. And why keep all the cocktail goodness to yourself? Share the love by setting up a gift subscription. We ship pretty much everywhere in the world, so we’ve got you covered. Start your subscription today!

The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine 45 Cover
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 44
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 43 Cover
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46
The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 46

JOIN us!

Join us at The Cocktail Lovers and be the first to hear the latest news, get our new magazine and receive specials offers. (And we don’t share your details with anyone else.)