Gin-Tea Cocktail: The Perfect Pairing for Your Summer Barbecues
Discover the recipe for the summer Gin-Tea cocktail, perfect for gatherings with friends. With ingredients like iced tea, lemon juice and gin, this cocktail is the ideal accompaniment for your summer barbecues by the pool.
Jessica Lapointe’s new cocktail is specially designed to be shared with friends. It’s refreshing, fruity and filled with sparkles and, best of all, it’s in a ready-to-serve pitcher!
- 2 cups of iced tea
- 5 oz. gin
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cups of sparkling water
- Fruits (optional: lemon and orange slices, strawberries, cucumber, etc.)
- A few sprigs of rosemary
- Place ice in a pitcher.
- Add iced tea, gin, lemon juice and sparkling water.
- Garnish with fresh fruit (optional).
The history of gin
Gin is a grain-based spirit that gets its distinctive aroma from juniper berries. Although it is now known and consumed worldwide, gin has a rich and complex history.
Gin has its roots in medieval Netherlands, where it was developed in the 16th century under the name “genever” (which means juniper berries in Dutch). It was initially used as a medicine for therapeutic purposes, purported to treat various ailments such as gout and stomach problems.
In the 17th century, when the Anglo-Dutch War broke out, British soldiers fighting in the Netherlands began drinking genever for “Dutch courage” before battle. When they returned home, they brought with them a preference for this spirit.
In the early 18th century, gin became extremely popular in England, particularly in London, following the adoption of the 1690 Distilling Act, which allowed anyone to distill gin by paying a small tax. This led to a period known as the “gin craze,” where gin consumption became so widespread that it caused serious social issues.
Over the centuries, gin has evolved and diversified. Today, there are numerous types of gin, including London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, and Old Tom Gin. Gin is now used in a multitude of cocktails, some of the most famous ones being the martini, the Tom Collins, and the gin and tonic.