The English Channel was probably invented in Auckand, New Zealand in the early 2000s. It was discovered by the Difford’s guide team in Bellini Bar in the Hilton hotel on Auckland’s bustling waterfront. We have checked a recent cocktail menu from Bellini Bar, and the English Channel is no longer on it. The English Channel is most likely named for its French liqueurs and English tea placing it smack in the middle of the busiest shipping lane in the world.
This is quite a warming drink suitable for Winter, or being fished out of the freezing English Channel.
Bellini can be found at 147 Quay Steeet, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
- 25ml Grand Marnier
- 25ml Benedictine
- 60ml Earl Grey tea, cold
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a twist of lemon.