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Cocktails to enchant

the Antidote to... your standard cuppa

The East India Company famously introduced punch to England from India in the 17th century. So why not fast forward 400 years and discover these gorgeous, tea-infused punch and cocktail recipes…?

The East India Company’s Romance of The East

Ingredients (serves one):

  • 35ml cold ‘The East India Company First Romance Tea’
  • 25ml Zubrowka vodka
  • 25ml pressed apple juice
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ‘The East India Company Peach & Armagnac Jam’
  • 1 dried orange, cut into a heart shape, to garnishMethod:
  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  • Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously until the jam has emulsified.
  • Strain the blended ingredients into a martini coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a heart-shaped piece of dried orangeFirst Romance Loose Black Tea (£12)
    This is a colourful selection of delicious fruits and flower petals brought together to create a very special fruit-tea blend. Laced with strawberry, mango and orange, the sweet exotic flavours will delight your senses with the excitement of first romance. Peach & Armagnac Jam (£6.95), is enriched with a dash of Armagnac, one of the oldest types of French brandy, giving this sweet jam a deep and fruity flavour


The East India Company’s Tea Party Punch

Ingredients (serves one):

  • 200ml dark rum
  • 80ml passion fruit puree
  • 60ml fresh lime juice
  • 200ml cold ‘The East India Company Boston Tea Party Tea’
  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 3 tsp ‘The East India Company Vanilla Sugar’
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 passion fruit, 1 lime and 1 orange, to garnishMethod:
  • Pour the first seven ingredients into a punch bowl.
  • Slice the passion fruit, lime and orange and add to the bowl.
  • Gently stir the ingredients together.
  • Serve in individual small oriental teacups.The Boston Tea Party Black Tea (£12.00)
    This blend of black Chinese Keemun tea, and black and green Yunnan teas is based on the original varieties thrown overboard during the Boston Tea Party in 1773.Vanilla Sugar (£10.00)
    Hand-crushed vanilla pods give this natural, unrefined cane sugar its delicious flavour.


The East India Company’s The Staunton Twist

Ingredients (serves one)

4 fresh mint leaves, plus extra to garnish
1 tsp caster sugar
1 fresh raspberry, plus extra to garnish
75ml cold ‘The East India Company Staunton Earl Grey Tea’
25ml pressed apple juice
3ml ‘The East India Company Mimosa Cordial’

  • Method:
  • Put the fresh mint leaves and 1 tsp caster sugar into a high-ball glass.
  • Add a raspberry and gently crush all the ingredients together with a spoon.
  • Add some crushed ice and pour in the tea, apple juice and cordial.
  • Mix all ingredients with a spoon and top up with some more crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf.The Staunton Earl Grey – Black Tea (£12.00)
    A tribute to George Staunton, the man who introduced the Western world to the Chinese custom of taking black tea. With hints of neroli and bergamot, it is one of The Company’s most popular blends.Mimosa Cordial (£7.95)
    Cordials were famously used throughout the East to add an essence to water or tea, to flavour sweets, or add to a Kir Royale or Spritzer.