So, about 6 or 7 months ago I switched from coffee to Earl Grey Tea to reduce my caffeine intake. Maybe I did it for the caffeine thing but probably because I love the bergamot in Earl Grey and it leaves my breath less stinky.

The May issue of Bon Appetit included an article on various teas and their non-tea-like uses. One of which was infusing vodka with tea. They infused hibiscus flowers, plain old black tea, and used a green tea infused vodka in a cocktail (here). Hmmmm…..

After a couple of tries this is what we’ve come up with. This recipe is so dead-simple no photos are necessary.

I’ve also made Earl Grey ice cream. I’ll post a recipe for that when I get around to photographing the process.


  • 750ml triple distilled vodka (You really don’t want any flavor here so put that skinny bottle back in the freezer. We use Smirnoff since it has the least flavor.)
  • 1 Tablespoon loose leaf Earl Grey tea (I buy Earl Greyer at Central Market here in Austin)
  • ½ a lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons simple syrup


  1. Bring vodka to about 90-100°F in the microwave (about 2 minutes in our 1000W nukulator)
  2. Add Earl Grey tea and stir to combine
  3. Steep (are we really steeping here?) for 4-5 minutes until about the color of light caramel.


Alternatively, (and the Bon Appetit way) combine room temperature vodka with loose leaf tea, cover tightly and steep on the counter for 8 hours. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Making the Martinis

  1. Fill shaker with ice
  2. Add 7-8 ounces of Earl Grey vodka
  3. Squeeze juice of ½ lemon through a fine mesh strainer into shaker
  4. Add 3 Tablespoons simple syrup
  5. Shake thoroughly
  6. Divide between two chilled cocktail glasses
  7. Garnish with thin slice of lemon
  8. Repeat as necessary
Earl Grey Martinis

Earl Grey Martinis