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harry bromptonThe Brit’s have always been an inventive race, the hovercraft, the internet, the jet engine to name just a few world beating firsts created by the plucky British.

And just when you think that there is nothing new; along comes something so delightful and fresh you wonder why no one has ever thought of it before. Over the horizon comes a new truly British drink, based on tea, and you don’t get much more British than that, but it’s also got a bit of a kick, what a totally topping idea.

When #1PG and #2PG first met the team from Harry Bromptons, the creators of the wonderful London Ice Tea, I have to say I thought this had to be a winning idea. I worked for a while in Atlanta Georgia where ice tea is pretty much a staple, it’s served with just about every meal and is available in many of the top hotel receptions as a relief from the summer heat.  However, like many American beverages it’s usually extremely sweet and sickly.

But Harry Bromptons is a typically British tea based libation it’s made in very small batches with Kenyan black tea and a craft distilled grain spirit which is infused with natural citrus. It’s 4% abv and is free from anything artificial.

It’s different from anything you have tasted, it’s crisp and extremely refreshing, it’s fantastic served with lots of ice, a slice of lime or possibly a few mint leaves,  all in all an extremely grown-up thirst quencher.

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It also makes a wonderful base for cocktails and those nice Harry Brompton boys have been extremely busy, on their web site you will find a number of recipes and ideas. The Gin Brompton topped up with good quality gin, and a slice of cucumber makes a perfect thirst quenching early evening drink. For something slightly different we love the ‘Harry’s Tea and Toast’ which pairs Chase Marmalade Vodka (or even Cointreau) with Harry Brompton’s and a twist of Orange.

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Although its currently only produced in small batches the availability in some of the better bars in London is increasing and once you have tasted it you will wonder why it took so long for us British to get this inventive.

So now it’s tea time all the time, something we at the Perfect Gentleman applaud with vigor.

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