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Jasmine pearl tea gimlet

Published: March 30, 2022 at 10:10 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + steeping
  • Easy
  • Serves 1

Making your own jasmine pearl tea syrup flavoured with cardamom and lemon is easier than you might think – use it to create this gimlet twist for summertime gatherings


Make this jasmine pearl tea gimlet, then try our gimlet cocktail, gimlet fizz and more easy gin cocktail recipes



  • loose jasmine pearl tea (we used 8 Teapigs tea bags, cut open)
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 8 cardamom pods, bashed


  • jasmine pearl tea syrup (see above)
  • 50ml London dry gin
  • 50ml lime juice
  • a dash of Angostura bitters
  • lime wheel, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    To make the jasmine pearl tea syrup, put the loose tea, sugar, lemon zest and juice, cardamom and ½ tsp of fine sea salt into a small pan along with 350ml of water.

  • STEP 2

    Simmer over a medium-high heat, stirring the whole time, for 15 minutes until reduced by a third.

  • STEP 3

    Remove from the heat, cover and leave to steep in the aromatics for 4-5 hours but ideally overnight. Strain into a lidded glass bottle. This makes more than you need but will keep, chilled, for a week.

  • STEP 4

    To make the gimlet, chill a coupe or martini glass. Pour the jasmine pearl tea syrup into a tall glass or cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Stir with a tall spoon for 15 seconds until the glass begins to chill, then pour in the gin, lime juice and bitters. Stir for 20-30 seconds, then strain into the chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Try our recipe for a classic gimlet here

A small coupe glass filled with a lime cocktail with a wheel of lime and sprig of mint

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