Antonio Lara of Hotel Americano shakes things up with a delicious Tealeaves cocktail, The Forsyte. Made of artisanal gin, hand-crafted tea leaves, and citrus, The Forsyte is an homage to “The Forsyte Saga” by Nobel Prize-winning English author John Galsworthy. Antonio has worked for famed chefs that include Douglas Rodriguez, Bobby Flay, and Danny Meyer, who have always inspired him to stay creative behind the bar.
The Forsyte is a new classic. This drink should appeal to those fond of Negroni and Manhattan cocktails due to its robust composition and balanced citrus notes. Antonio’s initial inspiration behind the cocktail was a more basic ‘Tom Collins' but he decided to craft a more complex version that would still tantalize the taste buds of a wider audience.
Ingredients for the Forsyte Cocktail
Tealeaves Flowery Earl Grey Infused Botanist Gin
Fresh Meyer lemon juice (substitute: fresh lemon juice)
Fresh grapefruit juice
Flamed orange peel
Ingredients for Flowery Earl Grey Infused Gin
The Botanist gin
Ingredients for Spiced Syrup
Sugar in the raw
Zest of Meyer Lemon (substitute: regular lemon)
Diced kumquats (substitute: zest of 1 orange)
Leaves Lemon Verbena (shredded)
Whole Allspice (crushed)
Steps for Flowery Earl Grey Infused Gin
Add 1 oz of Flowery Earl Grey to every 8 oz of The Botanist gin.
Steep tea for 24 to 48 hours.
Steps for Spiced Syrup
In a small sauce pan heat 5 oz of water at medium heat for 3 minutes.
Add 8 oz of raw sugar and stir continuously for 2 minutes until sugar dissolves.
Add the rest of ingredients and lower to low heat.
Cook for 10 minutes more - stirring every 2 minutes.
Let the syrup cool down to room temperature for 1 hour.
Steps for the Forsyte Cocktail
Add cocktail ingredients into mixing glass.
Add ice into the mixing glass and stir.
Double strain the chilled cocktail into a sipping glass.
Add orange peel for garnish, ignite, and rim the glass for a finishing touch.