My second favorite line from the movie Beerfest inspires today’s post (my favorite line involves the letters Z and J).
It’s officially Fall, and the change in season was rung in with a couple sudden and long episodes of rainfall – not to mention an uptick in good ol’ Austin allergens. My first adventure camping in the far west expanse of Marfa last weekend met up with said rain and despite muddy fields, nearly getting a car stuck in the mud, and almost having our tent flood, we not only survived…we had an amazing time. I believe that, my friends, is cause for celebration.
Something about the thought of Fall makes you want to pull out a sweater, brew a warm pot of tea, and lounge by a campfire. 70 degrees feels like 40 degrees and you don’t leave the house without a windbreaker or jacket. This is how we do Fall in Texas, by appreciating the subtleties and perhaps letting our hopes make up the rest. “What a breezy day this is, I can’t believe it’s 85 degrees out.”
Since campfires, smore’s, and being legitimately cold in the desert (it seriously was like 40 degrees at night) are fresh thoughts in my mind, I thought this martini made with green tea might warm you up. Why don’t you come on down and enjoy a cuppa with me?
adapted from Women’s Health, makes 1
-4 oz brewed green tea – chilled
-1 1/2 oz Gin (I use Hendrick’s)
-2 tsp honey
-Splash of lemon or lime juice (about 1/4 oz)
1. Brew a pot of green tea. For this my wife always heats up some water in the microwave for a couple minutes until steamy, then she adds a couple green tea bags, and let’s steep for 2-3 minutes before removing the tea bags. Chill the brewed tea in the freezer for a few minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
2. Add the gin and lime or lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
3. Add a couple teaspoons-full of honey and stir into the gin and juice.
4. Fill shaker with ice, add the chilled tea and then shake it up.
5. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.
My wife always adds lemon juice to her brewed green tea but since we were all out, I used lime and found that it worked just as well – adding a little citrus zing to elevate the drink. It’s an easy sipper, and the green tea really does warm you up and put you in a relaxed state of mind.
It’s Fall here in Texas, and just because it may not seem too much like it to the rest of the world no one says we can’t pretend with a Green Tea-tini.