Recipe

Macchitino

  • 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 5 Cup
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Ingredients

Macchitino
  • 2 green-tea tea bags
  • 2/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 cup (500ml) boiling water
  • ice-cubes
  • 1 medium green apple (150g), unpeeled, sliced thinly crossways
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 cup (250ml) gin, chilled
  • 1 1/3 cup (330ml) granny smith apple juice, chilled
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

Method

Macchitino
  • 1
    Place tea bags in a heatproof jug with mint leaves and sugar. Pour over the boiling water, stir until sugar dissolves, stand 5 minutes.
  • 2
    Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing down on solids to extract all liquid, discard solids. Refrigerate liquid, covered, until cold.
  • 3
    To serve, one-third fill a jug with ice, top with apple slices and mint sprigs, stir in tea, gin and apple and lime juices to combine. Pour into small glass tumblers or martini glasses.

Notes

Gin comes in differing styles, with juniper berry the principle flavour. Choose one with added botanicals (components derived from plants), which will give the cocktail a more rounded, complex taste.

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