Earl Grey Marteani Cocktail Drink

Earl Grey Marteani

Want to try a new cocktail? Check out this Earl Grey Marteani recipe! It’s a flavorful drink, and the ingredients are easy to get, making it a cinch to prepare.

Earl Grey Marteani Recipe

Indulge in this simple Earl Grey Marteani recipe! Crafted with Earl Grey infused Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white for a frothy texture, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for the fall.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

195 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Earl Grey infused Gin, combining London Dry Gin and Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, keep the white, discard the yolk
  • Ice cubes
  • Powdered sugar, for riming, optional
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini or Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Egg White: Open 1 egg, separate the white from the yolk, and pour the white into the shaker. Discard the yolk.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour ¾ oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup.
  • Add Gin: Measure and pour 1½ oz Earl Grey infused Gin into the shaker as well.
  • Rim Glass: Discard the ice from the Martini glass and rim half of it with sugar (to do so, use a lemon wedge to slightly wet the rim of the glass, and then, delicately press the edge of the glass into the surface of a plate filled with sugar).
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Dry Shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Strain: Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Vodka can be a good substitute if you don't have Gin. It will give the drink a smoother, less botanical flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: In a pinch, lime juice can work as a substitute for lemon juice. It will give the drink a slightly different flavor profile, but it's still delicious. Although the final result won’t be as fresh as if using freshly squeezed juice, bottled juice can also be used if you don’t have any lemons on hand.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can also work as sweeteners.

Making a Pitcher of Earl Grey Marteani:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, omit the egg white and multiply all the other ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Earl Grey infused Gin, 8 oz of simple syrup, and 6 oz of fresh lemon juice.
  • Prepare glasses: Using a lemon wedge and powdered white sugar, rim 8 Martini or coupe glasses. Set them aside.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Fill it with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into the sugar-rimmed glasses, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute and infuse it with Earl Grey (see recipe in a few sections below). There are several brands available that do a good job of mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin. You can also make your own substitute by infusing loose Earl Grey tea in cold water (approx. 10g of loose tea for 1 liter of water) and letting it infuse overnight in the refrigerator. The day after, you can filter it and mix it with a bit of soda water (try starting with 1 part soda water for 4 parts cold brewed tea and adjust to taste). Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-gin” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic gin substitute instead of regular Gin and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is vegan-friendly (some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan). If you’re not sure, you can make your own syrup at home in a few minutes using organic, vegan-certified sugar.
  • Egg white: if you want to make your cocktail foamy, you can use ½ ounce of aquafaba (chickpeas water) to replace the egg white. Follow all the steps, as aquafaba also needs to be shaken twice to make a proper foam.
  • Proceed As Usual: Using these vegan substitutes, simply follow the original steps and enjoy a delicious Earl Grey Marteani.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
195
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
68
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Potassium
 
106
mg
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Earl Grey Marteani Cocktail Drink

Earl Grey Marteani Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in this simple Earl Grey Marteani recipe! Crafted with Earl Grey infused Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white for a frothy texture, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for the fall.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 195

Ingredients
 

  • oz Earl Grey infused Gin - combining London Dry Gin and Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg - keep the white, discard the yolk
  • Ice cubes
  • Powdered sugar - for riming, optional
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini or Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Egg White: Open 1 egg, separate the white from the yolk, and pour the white into the shaker. Discard the yolk.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Pour ¾ oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup.
  • Add Gin: Measure and pour 1½ oz Earl Grey infused Gin into the shaker as well.
  • Rim Glass: Discard the ice from the Martini glass and rim half of it with sugar (to do so, use a lemon wedge to slightly wet the rim of the glass, and then, delicately press the edge of the glass into the surface of a plate filled with sugar).
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Dry Shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Strain: Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Vodka can be a good substitute if you don't have Gin. It will give the drink a smoother, less botanical flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: In a pinch, lime juice can work as a substitute for lemon juice. It will give the drink a slightly different flavor profile, but it's still delicious. Although the final result won’t be as fresh as if using freshly squeezed juice, bottled juice can also be used if you don’t have any lemons on hand.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can also work as sweeteners.

Making a Pitcher of Earl Grey Marteani:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, omit the egg white and multiply all the other ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Earl Grey infused Gin, 8 oz of simple syrup, and 6 oz of fresh lemon juice.
  • Prepare glasses: Using a lemon wedge and powdered white sugar, rim 8 Martini or coupe glasses. Set them aside.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Fill it with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into the sugar-rimmed glasses, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute and infuse it with Earl Grey (see recipe in a few sections below). There are several brands available that do a good job of mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin. You can also make your own substitute by infusing loose Earl Grey tea in cold water (approx. 10g of loose tea for 1 liter of water) and letting it infuse overnight in the refrigerator. The day after, you can filter it and mix it with a bit of soda water (try starting with 1 part soda water for 4 parts cold brewed tea and adjust to taste). Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-gin” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic gin substitute instead of regular Gin and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is vegan-friendly (some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan). If you’re not sure, you can make your own syrup at home in a few minutes using organic, vegan-certified sugar.
  • Egg white: if you want to make your cocktail foamy, you can use ½ ounce of aquafaba (chickpeas water) to replace the egg white. Follow all the steps, as aquafaba also needs to be shaken twice to make a proper foam.
  • Proceed As Usual: Using these vegan substitutes, simply follow the original steps and enjoy a delicious Earl Grey Marteani.

What is an Earl Grey Marteani?

An Earl Grey Marteani is a gin-based cocktail made of Earl Grey-infused gin, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and egg white. This drink takes the classic martini to another level by adding the unique flavor of Earl Grey tea.

Making an Earl Grey Marteani can be slightly challenging as it requires infusing Gin with Earl Grey tea leaves for several hours or overnight and also requires to be shaken twice to get the proper frothy texture.

A side shot of an Earl Grey Marteani cockail in a martini glass on a wooden tray surrounded by two lemon, a jigger and a bar spoon, in front of a plant

What is an Earl Grey Marteani made of – The ingredients

For the creation of an Earl Grey Marteani, you require these ingredients:

  • Earl Grey Tea: This is the star ingredient of the cocktail, providing a unique citrusy and floral flavor profile. It’s infused into the Gin to create a distinctive base for the drink.
  • Gin: A clear spirit known for its botanical flavors, it serves as the alcoholic base of the Marteani. The Earl Grey tea is infused directly into the Gin, enhancing its complexity.
  • Simple Syrup: This mixture of sugar and water adds sweetness to balance the bitterness of the tea and Gin, making the cocktail more palatable.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a tangy kick to the Marteani, complementing the Earl Grey tea’s citrus notes and brightening the overall flavor.
  • Egg White: Like in many classic cocktails, egg white gives the Marteani a frothy, silky texture. It also helps mellow out the tannic and slightly bitter flavor of the Earl Grey tea.
  • Lemon Zest Twist (for garnish): This enhances presentation and adds an extra hint of citrus aroma every time you take a sip.

Earl Grey infused Gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg, lemon, Earl Grey tea leaves and sugar cube laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Earl Grey infused Gin?

To prepare an Earl Grey infused Gin you will need: 

  • Approx. 3 tablespoons (7,5g) of Earl Grey tea leaves (loose).
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of London Dry Gin, originally Tanqueray.

Once you have them, follow the next steps to get it ready to be able to prepare your Earl Grey Marteani cocktail: 

  1. Add the Earl Grey tea leaves into the bottle of Tanqueray gin (or other high-proof dry gin), cap, and shake. 
  2. Let sit in the fridge for 2 hours. Taste it and leave it to infuse longer if you want a stronger taste (up to 8 hours).
  3. Strain the infused gin through a fine strainer and then through a coffee filter into a separate container.
  4. Rinse the bottle to remove loose tea, and pour the gin back into the clean bottle. This tea-infused gin can be stored for a very long time (+/- 1 year) if refrigerated.

How do you make an Earl Grey Marteani?

Our guide provides clear steps for making your own Earl Grey Marteani:

1
<p>Start by filling a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside. This will cool down your glass and ensure that your drink is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by filling a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside. This will cool down your glass and ensure that your drink is served at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Now, crack open an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Drop the white into your cocktail shaker and discard the yolk (or keep it in the fridge to cook something else later).</p>

Now, crack open an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Drop the white into your cocktail shaker and discard the yolk (or keep it in the fridge to cook something else later).

3
<p>Pour ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the shaker. The lemon juice will add a refreshing citrus note to the cocktail and complements well the bergamot taste from the Earl Grey tea.</p>

Pour ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the shaker. The lemon juice will add a refreshing citrus note to the cocktail and complements well the bergamot taste from the Earl Grey tea.

4
<p>Add 1 ounce of simple syrup. The simple syrup will add a sweetness to balance the bitterness of the tea and Gin.</p>

Add 1 ounce of simple syrup. The simple syrup will add a sweetness to balance the bitterness of the tea and Gin.

5
<p>Now, measure and pour 1 ½ ounces of Earl Grey infused gin into the shaker as well.</p>

Now, measure and pour 1 ½ ounces of Earl Grey infused gin into the shaker as well.

6
<p>Before you start shaking, it’s time to rim your glass. Discard the ice into the Martini glass and rim half of it with sugar: to do so, use a lemon wedge to slightly wet the rim of the glass.</p>

Before you start shaking, it’s time to rim your glass. Discard the ice into the Martini glass and rim half of it with sugar: to do so, use a lemon wedge to slightly wet the rim of the glass.

7
<p>Then, delicately press the edge of the glass into the surface of a plate filled with sugar. Remove the excess, and set your glass aside. If you want, you can put it in the freezer to keep it extra cold; it will also help to get the rim to adhere better and make it slightly “crusty”.</p>

Then, delicately press the edge of the glass into the surface of a plate filled with sugar. Remove the excess, and set your glass aside. If you want, you can put it in the freezer to keep it extra cold; it will also help to get the rim to adhere better and make it slightly “crusty”.

8
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

9
<p>It’s now time to shake: close the shaker well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.</p>

It’s now time to shake: close the shaker well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.

10
<p>Once you’re done, open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice.</p>

Once you’re done, open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid in the other tin and discard the ice.

11
<p>Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time. This is called a “dry shake”, and this technique is used to aerate the cocktail and to get the egg white to do its magic by creating a soft, fluffy foam on top of your drink.</p>

Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time. This is called a “dry shake”, and this technique is used to aerate the cocktail and to get the egg white to do its magic by creating a soft, fluffy foam on top of your drink.

12
<p>Now, use a fine strainer to strain the mixture into the sugar-rimmed glass.</p>

Now, use a fine strainer to strain the mixture into the sugar-rimmed glass.

13
<p>Finally, express a lemon zest on top of the glass.</p>

Finally, express a lemon zest on top of the glass.

14
<p>Then, you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass as a garnish for an added citrus touch.</p>

Then, you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass as a garnish for an added citrus touch.

History and Origin of the Earl Grey Marteani

The Earl Grey Marteani cocktail, a delightful blend of Gin and tea, has an intriguing history dating back to the 19th century.

The name “Earl Grey” itself is steeped in British history. It’s named after Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey, who served as Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834. Legend has it that he received a gift of tea flavored with bergamot oil, later known as Earl Grey tea.

Fast forward to the year 2000, when Audrey Saunders, a renowned mixologist and owner of the Pegu Club in New York City, decided to experiment with this classic tea. She was on a mission to create a new cocktail that would be innovative and appealing to her customers.

Saunders’ love for Gin led her to use it as the base spirit for her new creation. She then infused the Gin with Earl Grey tea, adding a unique twist to the traditional gin martini. This infusion process involved steeping the tea leaves in the Gin for a couple of hours, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Once she had her Earl Grey-infused gin, Saunders added simple syrup and fresh lemon juice to balance out the tea’s bitterness and the Gin’s strength. The result was a refreshing and sophisticated cocktail quickly gaining popularity among her patrons and quickly became a widespread modern classic cocktail.

An Earl Grey Marteani cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Earl Grey infused Gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg, lemon, Earl Grey tea leaves and sugar cube

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FAQ

How many calories does an Earl Grey Marteani contain?
An Earl Grey Marteani typically contains around 180-200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is an Earl Grey Marteani?
The strength of an Earl Grey Marteani can vary based on the amount of Gin used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of about 17-20%, translating to 34-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in an Earl Grey Marteani?
The primary alcohol used in an Earl Grey Marteani is Gin. The Gin is infused with Earl Grey tea, giving the cocktail its distinctive flavor.
In what type of glass is an Earl Grey Marteani served?
An Earl Grey Marteani is traditionally served in a chilled martini glass rimmed with sugar to maintain its cool temperature and enhance its presentation.
What does an Earl Grey Marteani taste like?
An Earl Grey Marteani offers a unique blend of flavors. The Gin provides a crisp, juniper-forward base, while the infusion of Earl Grey tea adds a hint of citrusy bergamot and a slight tannic bitterness. The addition of simple syrup balances these flavors with a touch of sweetness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Earl Grey Marteani?
The typical ratio for an Earl Grey Marteani is 1 part Earl Grey infused gin to 0,7 part sugar syrup and ½ part fresh lemon juice. Regarding the egg white, you can use one fresh egg white for one or two glasses. This ensures a balanced cocktail that isn't too sweet or too tart.
How is an Earl Grey Marteani served with ice?
An Earl Grey Marteani is usually shaken with ice to chill it, then strained into a martini glass. It is served "up," meaning without ice in the glass.
Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Earl Grey Marteani?
You can make a non-alcoholic version of the Earl Grey Marteani by substituting the Gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or by creating your own substitute (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”). The result will be a refreshing, tea-infused mocktail.
What food pairs well with an Earl Grey Marteani?
The Earl Grey Marteani pairs well with various foods due to its balanced flavor. It goes particularly well with light appetizers like cheese, crackers, or smoked salmon. For main courses, consider pairing it with grilled chicken or fish.

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