Earl Grey G&T for World Gin Day

To celebrate World Gin Day this Saturday 9th June, we’ve put together an exquisitely British Earl Grey Gin & Tonic using our Devonshire Tea Earl Grey.

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Our Earl Grey is a fragrant blend of teas from ethical estates in India, delicately-scented with the citrus aroma of Bergamot.

Gin and tea are two of our favourite things, so we thought that World Gin Day was a perfect excuse to pay homage to our two favourite pastimes.

Did you know…

The Earl Grey blend is supposedly named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. He was said to have received a gift of tea infused with bergamot oil.


Ingredients

For the Earl Grey syrup:

  • 3 x Devonshire Tea Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

For the cocktail:

  • 50ml Gin of your choice (we like Salcombe Gin)
  • 200ml Tonic of your choice (we like Luscombe’s)
  • Ice & lemon for garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Pop your glasses in the freezer.
  2. To make the Earl Grey syrup, put the Devonshire Tea Earl Grey teabags, sugar and water in a pan and simmer for 15-20 mins on the hob until the mixture thickens and becomes slightly syrup-like.
  3. Take a chilled glass and add some ice. Add 50ml of gin, 200ml of tonic and as much syrup as you wish, depending on level of flavour you desire.

Enjoy!

 

We always love to see how you drink your tea, especially in a cocktail! Don’t forget to share your creations by tagging @devonshiretea

Abby Millar
Recipe – Lemon & Earl Grey Shortbread
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With the birds chirping in the morning light, the flowers in full bloom, and the days longer and lighter, its safe to say Spring is finally here.

It may come as no surprise that Spring is universally known as a time for birth, but not only for flowers and animals. It can also be a perfect time for creative pursuits. From our love of interiors to our colourful packaging, it's safe to we feel pretty creative here at Devonshire Tea.

This month we decided to put all our creative juices to use in the kitchen and have created the perfect afternoon treat for this season.

Our very own Lemon & Earl Grey Shortbread is the perfect go-to afternoon treat: an ideal snack for those tea gatherings, or even as an alternative lunch bag snack.

With a cooking and baking time of under an hour, this simple yet delicious recipe can be on your coffee table in no time! (Warning: they won't last long!)

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 175g butter (cubed & chilled)
  • Tea from 3x Devonshire Tea Earl Grey teabags – For the fullest flavour cut open each tea bag, add a dash of hot water to the tea, and leave to infuse the night before.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Put the flour, sugar, and tea into a large bowl and mix until the tea is evenly distributed, and the mix is not lumpy.
  3. Add the butter and rub together with your hands; the mixture should start to develop a breadcrumb-like texture.
  4. Add the lemon juice and continue rubbing the butter in. At this point, you should be able to bring the mixture together in your hands to form a crumbly dough. Place the dough in the fridge to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. After the dough has chilled slightly, slice it into discs we suggest around 1cm thick. Place onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 mins. If slightly thicker, cook for 16 mins.
  6. Once baked allow to sit for 5 mins to cool completely.

Enjoy!


We love these shortbread biscuits. They are light, full of tea-infused flavour, and are perfectly paired with a cup of Devonshire Tea!

Shop our tea collection, including our Earl Grey, here.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Let's face it, Winter is an emotional rollercoaster. With the decline in temperature, the effects of those overindulgent Christmas festivities, and the added pressure of New Year resolutions, this season can be a drag.

But, with brighter mornings and longer evenings, spring is finally on the horizon. In this month’s post we are focusing on how updating your home interiors can get you out of that winter rut and welcome the new season.

New House Plants

When we talk about spring, words like fresh, floral and cheery come to mind. Foliage is a great first step to incorporate some fresh spring vibes into your home.

From low-maintenance cactuses* to a stylish Monstera (aka the Swiss cheese plant), there are plants to suit everyone, whether you're green fingered or not. Indoor plants don't just add a pop of colour to a dreary room or fill a bleak corner, they can be a subtle way of adding some life into your home, without going over the top with expensive flowers.

What's also great is that house plants are known to reduce stress levels and create a feeling of wellbeing. Plants such as succulents and cactuses are low maintenance, cheap, and readily available to buy. So head to your nearest garden centre or plant shop, and gather your favourite new plant friends!

Our favourite plant shop… NoGutsNoGlory in Exeter


Invest in New Art

A lot of the time we see wall art as an afterthought when re-designing interiors when, in fact, art can have a huge impact on the overall emotion of a room. Certain art can remind us of certain times, places, or memories. A piece of art can be the statement piece of a room and can actually form the colour scheme for everything else in it.

Art doesn't have to be a picture within a frame, you can create numerous everyday objects into pieces of art like free-standing baskets, hats or even clocks. This is a great way of creating space for those miscellaneous objects that you don't always have a home for.

Our favourite artist… Becky Bettesworth


Spring Scents

Interior design isn't just about what you see and how it makes you feel – our sense of smell has a powerful link to our emotions and feelings. Certain smells can create the perfect atmosphere to reflect day, night, or even seasons.

Although it may sound obvious, the first step to neutralising your home scent is opening the windows. There is just something about the crisp breeze that can change the emotion in your home, eliminating any stuffiness, and leaving the room feeling bright and fresh.

Diffusers are also a great way of introducing scents. We love how delicate and non-intrusive diffusers are. Scents such as clean linen, lavender, vanilla and sweet tea are great, neutral, everyday house smells that remind us of spring.

Our favourite diffuser… Willow & Honey Himalayan Cedar & Jasmine


Pops of Colour

Here at Devonshire Tea, we love colour. No doubt you can tell from our packaging and the photos we share that our eye is always drawn to bright, vibrant colours. We love the turn of spring as the flowers start to bloom and the trees start to replenish their leaves, replacing browns and greys with lively greens and yellows.

Adding pops of colour to your interiors is a great way of mirroring spring inside your home. Colours such as pinks, greens, and yellows are perfect spring colours that will bring life and vibrancy to any room. Bright, colourful and patterned cushions, blankets, and throws are cost-effective ways of adding new features to a neutral canvas.

Our favourite blankets… Atlantic Blankets


Rearrange Furniture

We are all creatures of habit — we hate the idea of changing things and, although it can feel like a daunting exercise, you will be thanking us later.

Rearranging furniture is one of the easiest ways to give your own home a spruce without needing to spend a penny. It can make a room feel bigger and, who knows, you might find those long lost keys you thought you would never see again!

Rearranging your kids' rooms can also be a resourceful exercise — it's the perfect opportunity to get rid of those toys that have seen the light of day lately!

Our favourite kids' furniture… Great Little Trading Co.


We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to bring spring into your home. If you give any of our tips a go, be sure to tag us! @devonshiretea #springiscoming