Our Grey Lady

Tea Time & Cocktail Time at the Same Time

There have been some long pauses between posts lately. I’ve been consumed by a little restaurant called Miller’s Near & Far, that I helped my old friend Chris Miller open up last month on the Lower East Side. It’s been intense. It’s been gratifying. I’ve likened it to giving birth: brutal then rewarding. If Chris is Near & Far’s Papa, I am its Nanny. And after a long, late night, Nanny needs a stiff drink.

I’ve never paid a lot of attention to cocktails, but we serve glorious Serendipitea teas at the restaurant, and I thought for summer, an Earl Grey cocktail would be a refreshing delight. I whined to our resident Southern genius-bartender-doula, Lindsey Mayo, about wanting to use lavender syrup and boom, Our Grey Lady was born, the most delicious and easy to drink concoction I’ve encountered.

For the lavender honey: bring 2 tablespoons lavender flowers with 1 cup clover honey and 1 cup water to a boil for ten minutes. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain.

For the Earl Grey Tea: steep Earl Grey tea in boiling water to your desired strength.

For the cocktail:
Combine 1.5 oz. Brooklyn Gin, 1 oz. cooled Earl Grey tea, .5 oz. lavender honey. Shake authoritatively in a cocktail shaker. Serve in a coup. Garnish with a mint leaf. Bliss.

Miller’s Near & Far
65 Rivington Street between Eldridge & Allen
t: 646.559.1210

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14 Responses to “Our Grey Lady”

  1. Pina says:

    Thanks for the extra information on the cearliec. I think since I grow mine in the south (read heat) they stay a bit smaller than pictures I have seen of others so I am always able to use a whole one. I think this year if I am not completely burnt out with gardening in August I will start some more and see how they do in the fall/winter. Promises Promises.BTW thanks for the lovage info over at your site. I can’t wait to check mine out. And even if I don’t like it, the plant sounds very commanding from all that I have read and should make a great garden addition.

  2. Junior says:

    I came to appreciate cilreeac while living abroad, where it was much more popular than in the States. I put it in a lot of soups, just cubed. I found I could freeze it too, by peeling and slicing it because I rarely needed a whole one for a single recipe. Having them partially prepped in the freezer made it easy to add it to whatever other vegetables were going in the soup. It was acceptable as a 50-50 addition to mashed potatoes, but I thought it was a bit too fibrous to really mash. The flavor was very nice though, so I can see where the suggestion came from.I’ve got lovage, btw, and just posted on a soup I made from it.

  3. […] in fridge, i grabbed my cold brewed tea and made an Earl Grey Lavender cocktail, similar to this one. The tea mixed with gin, honey simple syrup.and some fresh mint created a fresh drink to slip […]

  4. Noodle says:

    Where can I find fresh lavender flowers near Millbrook (Standfordville?) Can I just poach people’s gardens?

    • Tarajia says:

      Noodle, are you spending much time picking lavender in Stanfordville? I won’t be up there this weekend, but second weekend in October, let’s do some lavender stealing and honey making. X

  5. Arthur says:

    I want one now! xx

  6. Tarajia says:

    hi irene!! i am so sorry i missed you on this trip. yes, you absolutely could do it with vodka. it might be slightly sweeter, so perhaps use a lighter hand with the lavender honey. i’m not big into gin either, but the balance of the juniper and bergamot is pretty great. be well and thank you for reading The Lovage. XXXX

  7. Irene Hopkins says:

    T, Just spent a short visit with you parents in NYC but, unfortunately did not have time to visit the restaurant. This sounds delish. Do you think it would work with something besides gin? I can’t do gin but I want this cocktail…

    • Tarajia says:

      sorry for the belated response but so glad that you got to visit with my parents. try it with vodka! it’s pretty lovely either way. good for august. xxxx

  8. Sally Lynch says:

    Yum! Sounds lovely…. as always!

  9. Diane Dewey says:

    Have you no morels? That was positively decadent — emphasis on positive. Would write more, but trying this out pro tempore. Thank you Miss Lovage!

  10. sallytomatoes says:

    Ms. Lovage, you are nothing short of divine! Mmmmmmwah!

  11. Silver Cat says:

    How refreshing and delectable!

  12. Annie Lu says:

    tempting me at 9:30am!

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