Unfortunately, there aren't many days in the year when it is acceptable to drink gin for breakfast. But thanks to those lovely guys at T2 as well as Baby Jesus, Christmas morning provides you with the best excuse to fuse gin with tea for a breakfast aperitif.
The star of the show here is T2's Passionfruit Cheesecake fruit tea. I was noseying around its Bath store at the weekend with my friend and two days before payday, I was definitely browsing, not buying. But after one taster of this limited edition tea, I was digging out my credit card to make sure I had some in for Crimbo.
The passionfruit in the tea tastes like a good quality fruit tea, but then as you savour the taste you get a biscuity kick of the cheesecake. I couldn't quite believe how T2 makes a sip of liquid taste like an excellent dessert, but when the store assistant said he brewed his up as a mixer for gin, I was sold.
You normally brew this tea for five minutes, but as per his instructions I let it infuse for eight hours overnight. When I woke up in the morning, I chucked it in the fridge before work and on my return added it to gin with a splash of tonic. So far, it's a love it or hate it combination, but the more you drink the better it tastes. I'm a fan, my boyfriend is not - but that just means more for me!
Now, go and put your feet up and enjoy your cocktail with a big fat Danish pastry, while watching Christmas special repeats of your favourite TV shows. For the record my faves are Gavin & Stacey, Vicar of Dibley Christmas Lunch Incident and the OC's Best Christmukka Ever.