Gin and tea are possibly the most quintessential ‘English’ beverages you can find – especially considering the rise in popularity that gin has gained in recent years. Tea has been a British staple since the 17 th century, having first been discovered in China where it was used for medicinal purposes. Today, many different flavours of tea are available – from English breakfast to green tea and a vast variety of floral teas. Similarly, the recent gin craze has seen the emergence of brand new flavours, ranging from raspberry to lemon drizzle flavoured gins.
Tea is the second most widely enjoyed beverage in the world after water. India is home to the second largest producer of tea, as well as some of the world’s favourite tea varieties including Assam and Darjeeling. It’s suggested that the drinking of tea in India can date as far back as 750 BC, before being re-discovered and commercialised in Britain. Tea production in India began due to the increasing demand of tea from the British. This tea production was positively received and as a result, inspired tea production across wider areas of India, before prospering into the modern day.
According to the fermentation process, there are many different varieties of tea. The tea leaves themselves are known for their nutritional and medicinal properties, providing the body with essential antioxidants whilst increasing metabolism. Tea is also thought to protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Due to its popularity, health benefits and history in India, we’ve experimented with a range of different tea flavours and properties to provide our guests with a true taste experience.
The popularity of gin, similarly to tea, arose from medicinal purposes. During the British Raj, British soldiers and officials of the East India Company were given gin and tonic. During this time, tonic contained high levels of quinine, a medicine that helped to stave off malaria – and thus, the popular gin and tonic cocktail was born. However, today, this beverage contains much less quinine since it is no longer used for medicinal properties. Gin, an ever-growing popular drink, can be seen on the shelves of many homes across the world, being enjoyed in a variety of ways.
During the British Raj, the Memsahib would create amalgamations of gin and tea, producing innovative recipes that were enjoyed widely. At the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar, we want to re-create the living room of the Memsahib, serving cocktails and punches akin to those in the Memsahib’s home.