French Gimlet and Kusmi Paris Anastasia Tea

Cocktails & Tea! Sometimes you can put them together, but that’s not what I’m doing here today.

Kusmi Paris Anastasia Tea and my Anthropologie City Vignette Paris Mug
Kusmi Paris Anastasia Tea and my Anthropologie City Vignette Paris Mug

But, first, tea:

I’m sitting here enjoying my morning cuppa. Today, we have Kusmi Paris Anastasia Tea in my Anthropologie Paris City Vignette mug. My best friend went to London and Paris a few years ago and brought back tons of Fortnum & Mason tea and Kusmi Anastasia. I’ve been looking to purchase it from the local doughnut shop. They stopped selling it by the box the day I was ready to buy it. I follow Kusmi on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  I’m also a client of  Rue La La. A few weeks ago, Rue La La ran a gift certificate special for Kusmi Paris and thankfully I also had invite credits to use. I had been pining over the Jean-Paul Gaultier (“JPG”) designer tin line he created for Kusmi since it was released a few months ago. I was excited not only to get the Anastasia in the JPG tin but I also was able to get the Prince Vladimir and a box of their muslin bagged earl grey, too! I ordered it on Wednesday and it was here by Friday afternoon- just in time to find out that I had ALSO won both JPG Anastasia and Prince Vladimir tins from their Instagram giveaway! Unreal, right?

Let’s get on to the deliciousness that is Kusmi Paris Anastasia. First, when opening the tin the citrus jumps out at you. It smells of freshly zested lemons and light on the tea leaves. After steeping for 5 minutes, it pours a rich mahogany color. The tea is light in flavor, the citrus is apparent and is very refreshing. It also has light undertones of orange blossom which provides a depth to the lemon. I really enjoy this tea. It’s ranked up there as one of my favorites.  Have you had it?

French Gimlet with a twist
French Gimlet with a twist

Second, last night’s French Gimlet Cocktail:

As I mentioned, I love to mix cocktails, too. Last night, I decided it was time to try out Fever Tree’s Elderflower Tonic. Fentimen’s makes this too, but I don’t know anyone that carries it. A little birdie told me via Twitter that Hi Time Wine will be attempting to get this in shortly. So while I wait, I gave Fever Tree a whirl! This is a Gimlet type of cocktail.

French Gimlet:

  • 2 parts Gin (I prefer Hendricks)
  • 1 part St. Germain
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • Simple syrup* or icing sugar to balance the tartness of the fresh lemon here. Use your discretion
  • Fever Tree Elderflower tonic (to top off )
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice
  • Double Old Fashioned Glass

Pour the following into your cocktail shaker that’s filled with ice: Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, simple syrup or icing sugar. Shake for about 10-15 seconds. I normally shake it until my hands start to feel the cold through the cocktail shaker. Pour into a double old glass that has been filled with ice. Top the cocktail off with the Fever Pitch elderflower tonic water and a lemon slice. Enjoy this refreshing springtime treat. I am very fond of St. Germain and it complements the cucumber notes in the Hendricks Gin perfectly. I’ve made this with plain tonic water and the elderflower tonic water.  I definitely prefer the elderflower tonic water. It really helps layer in the flavor of the cocktail.

*Simple Syrup:

Equal parts granulated sugar and water. In a sauce pan, bring both to a boil and when granulated sugar has absorbed into the water turn the heat off and allow it to cool. Once it’s cooled, use a funnel to deliver it into a serving type of container of your choice and refrigerate. I find a squeeze bottle works the best. Simple syrup is handy for cocktails, iced beverages like iced tea, and whenever you want to quickly sweeten something without waiting for the sugar to dissolve to incorporate it.

You can also make a rich simple syrup which a lot of bartenders use: 1 and a half parts sugar to 1 part water and follow the same instructions as above.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re imbibing with Santé! Happy World Cocktail day! Wander over here to check out some lovely French cocktails!

2 thoughts on “French Gimlet and Kusmi Paris Anastasia Tea

  1. I can’t speak! This cocktail sounds DELICIOUS!!! I am definitely going to try this out. Gin + St. Germain makes me a *very* happy girl indeed!

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