This “free-spirited” cocktail uses a tea brewed with the spices and flavor profile of local gin distillery Sipsong’s Indira Gin. With botanicals like hibiscus, lavender, pink peppercorn, and juniper, the tea utilizes gin botanicals to create a liquid that mimics the spirit without the alcohol. At Fern Bar, we brew one 50-ounce pitcher using 28 grams of the looseleaf tea. It can be brewed hot, but we like to cold brew it, letting it sit overnight for 12 to 18 hours.
3 oz. brewed Sipsong Indira Gin Tea (the tea will be available for purchase shortly!)
3 oz. tonic of choice
1/2 oz. hibiscus syrup*
*To make the hibiscus syrup, brew hibiscus tea and strain, then add equal volume of sugar.
To make the drink, fill a Collins glass with ice, then add the Indira Gin Tea topped with your tonic of choice for a flavorful and refreshing drink without much fuss. While at Fern Bar we like Fever Tree, Q, or Fentinman’s Tonic because each adds something unique, with only two ingredients your tonic choice should be based on personal preference.
Read this article in the New York Times on why tonic choice matters.
About Sipsong’s Indira Gin Tea from Sipsong Founder Tara Jasper
I was motivated to create a nonalcoholic gin-flavored tea for a couple of reasons. After getting my pilot’s license last year, I wanted to be able to have a Gin and Tonic but still go flying in the afternoon, which meant a nonalcoholic gin was needed. They say that most amazing things are created out of an unmet need, and this was mine. The reason I created this nonalcoholic gin in the form of a tea was to capture the greatest amount of health benefits from the gin botanicals. Juniper berries have been used as an anti-inflammatory for thousands of years and from my research on the health benefits of botanicals, I found that a tea was the best way to get the greatest benefits.
Want more spirit-free options from Fern Bar? Check out our Carrot-Ginger-Turmeric Shrub here!