Let’s get this parTEA started

A martini is a classic cocktail that originally consists of gin and a dry white vermouth. There is also a variant in which the gin is replaced by vodka, a so-called vodkatini or vodka martini.

The martini is often served in a cocktail glass with an olive, this is especially popular in the United States. Instead of using an olive as a garnish, people sometimes ask for a “twist”. This often refers to the twist of a lemon peel through which the essential oils of the lemon are added to the drink.

I worked in a liquor store for a number of years before the Tea Brewery came my way and I still like to “play”* with the various drinks to make beautiful cocktails. As you have come to expect from me, I also like to “play” with tea. A combination of both is therefore inevitable and today I want to share 2 variants of a MarTEAni with you. In addition to a variant with vodka, I also share a variant with gin with you. There is also a variant with Earl Gray (hyperlink) and a variant with green tea (hyperlink).

Tea brewing at cocktail levelLET’S GET THIS COCKTAIL PARTEA STARTED!

Earl Gray MarTEAni

Ingredients (for 4 people):

  • 400 ml boiling water
  • 4 g loose Earl Gray Tea
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 200 ml vodka
  • 100 grams of ice cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 1 grapefruit

Also needed:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • 4 Martini glasses
  • 4 Cocktail sticks


  • Make tea from the boiling water with the loose Earl Gray tea. You can put the tea in one of our handy tea filter (hyperlink) bags or use a tea strainer (hyperlink). You can brew the tea fairly strong. Let the tea cool. Pour tea with vodka into the cocktail shaker and top up with ice cubes. Shake for 20 seconds and pour the marTEAni into beautiful martini glasses (hyperlink L28?)
  • Scrub the lime and grapefruit clean. Cut the lime in half and cut 1 half into 4 wedges. Then use a sharp knife or zester to cut a few peels from the other half lime and the grapefruit. Stick a lime wedge and a piece of grapefruit peel on each cocktail stick and place in the cocktails

Green marTEAni

Ingredients (4pers):

  • ice cubes
  • 360ml green tea (chilled)
  • 240ml ounces of Gin
  • 4 teaspoon simple syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint


Place the tea, gin, syrup with ice cubes in the cocktail shaker; shake until frothy and chilled. Pour this into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the sprig of mint.

* Not 18 – No alcohol! In addition, alcohol is not something to actually play with, enjoy in moderation!

Sugar syrup basic recipe

Of course you can buy ready-made sugar syrup in the store, but it is also very easy to make yourself. Sugar syrup is nothing more than sugar dissolved in water.


  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 200 ml of water

Preparation method:

Put the sugar and water together in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Continue heating this until the sugar is completely dissolved. No grains of sugar should be visible in the syrup. Do not let the water boil to prevent the water from evaporating and the proportions from being disturbed. Let the syrup cool before using.

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