Afternoon Tea inspired cocktail recipes

There’s no British tradition greater than Afternoon Tea.

Well perhaps there is, but there’s definitely no tradition tastier.

Which is probably why there’s an entire week celebrating the great British Afternoon Tea. Running from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th August, it’s the best excuse we didn’t need to head to our nearest tea room, or even get the cake tins out ourselves!

The art of serving tiny finger sandwiches and decadent yet miniature cakes alongside pots of loose leaf tea and elegant glasses filled with Champagne is hard to beat.

Unless you add a cocktail of course!

That’s why we’ve asked the producers of our most popular spirits to share their favourite cocktails for enjoying with Afternoon Tea.

And don’t forget, all of these are available online from our brand new spirits vault.

Hedgerow Vodka Tonic

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Chase Distillery’s Hedgerow Vodka Tonic is a quintessentially English tipple perfect for drinking alongside afternoon tea

Chase Distillery blend their potato vodka and elderflower liqueur to create this delicious Hedgerow Vodka Tonic – a refreshing drink that can perfectly complement a delicate afternoon tea.

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What to do:

Stir all of the ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice cubes and then garnish with an elderflower bloom or a fresh apple wedge out of season.

Lemon Tart Flip

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Sipsmith’s Lemon Tart Flip is the perfect addition to any afternoon tea.

Taking inspiration from the classic dessert, Sipsmith’s Lemon Tart Flip includes the addition of white chocolate to make this a perfect after dinner tipple.

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What to do:

Dry shake the first five ingredients for about a minute until the egg is well emulsified. Add ice and shake again and then strain into a chilled glass. Finish off by grating white chocolate or coconut on top.

Buzzecco

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Warner’s Buzzecco combines their Honeybee Gin with sparkling wine

Championing the English countryside in a bid to protect our pollinators, Warner’s Honeybee Gin adds a sweet twist to a simple sparkling cocktail.

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What to do:

Dollop your honey into the bottom of your glass and add the Honeybee Gin. Using a spoon, stir until the honey dissolves, then top up with Prosecco. If you’re making more than one, try adding your Honeybee Gin and honey into a cocktail shaker, then pour a serving into each of your glasses, before topping up individually with Prosecco.

Pineapple Mule

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That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Pineapple Mule is great with spiced ginger cake

That Boutique-y Gin Company is changing the way we think about gin with its fruity hand-crafted drinks. Try this Pineapple Mule with a slice of sticky, spiced ginger cake.

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What to do:

Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass, add Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin and give it a stir. Add ice and top up with ginger beer. Stir well, garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, sit back and shhhlurp!

Southside

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Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin is perfect for creating the Southside Cocktail

Sip Ableforth’s summery gin cocktail while nibbling on a slice of lemon drizzle cake for a double dose of lemon refreshment.

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What to do:

Shake the gin, lemon juice, syrup and mint leaves together over ice before fine straining into a coupe glass. Top with soda water and enjoy!

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About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.

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