evidence cocktail from angel's share NYC

evidence cocktail from angel\'s share NYC
ingredients
all
2 cups gin
2 packets earl grey tea
3 parts gin
earl grey infused
2 parts lillet blanc
1 part lemon juice
2 parts ginger ale
ice cube
optional
lemon slice
sliced with mandoline
cookware
This is one of our favorite drinks of all time. We make it a point to hunt down this cocktail every time we make it out to NYC. Even though we can make it at home, it's always refreshing to have it at the source to remind us of the flavor and to benchmark it against our homemade version. Theirs is always better, partly because they use special tea leaves from Japan, and partly because the guys at Angel's Share are the masters of blending perfectly balanced cocktails. Evidence requires some planning and lead time but is always worth it.
1
Remove the tea leaves from the tea bag. Steep the gin and the earl grey tea leaves in a resealable glass container for at least 24 hours, but no more than 48 hours. Strain the gin into a new container to separate it from the spent tea leaves.
2
Combine the earl grey-infused gin, lillet blanc, and lemon into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and chill.
3
Pour in about half of the ginger ale, then stir to combine.
4
If using ice cube and/or lemon garnish, place in serving glass, then double-strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with the rest of the ginger ale.
source: NYC's Angel Share
notes
I think that Angel's Share has changed the recipe over the years. They used to make it with vodka, but when I went in January 2012, I noticed that they switched to gin. I've made it both ways and prefer the gin. The perfuminess of the gin better compliments the earl grey tea.