Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to the long weekend which is almost upon us.
To celebrate I thought I would share some of my favourite ways to elevate the everyday gin and tonic – and how do you do that I hear you ask? Garnish!
If you’ve been reading this blog or following my Instagram for any time at all you’ll know I am partial to a gin every now and again (you can read this interview here, and this and this cocktail recipe) and I love how they have grown and developed over the last few years. Not only are there more gins than ever before but what you can put with them has become so creative.
3 easy garnishes that will elevate your gin and tonic
Rosemary and grapefruit
This is my favourite! It is simple, delicious and adds a perfect amount of flavour to the gin and tonic.
Simply add a half moon slice of grapefruit to your gin and tonic, a sprig of rosemary and heaps of ice.
I like to serve this one in a gin gobblet (I learnt this in Barcelona years ago) as it helps you get whiff of the lovely aromas from the G&T, fruit and herb.
These garnishes go really well with Beefeater 24 gin, Gin Mare or Langleys Gin.
Blackberry and thyme
This is such a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic and absolutely perfect for approaching autumn. You get brownie points if you can pick the blackberries yourself!
I like to add 5 or 6 blackberries in to the bottom of a high ball glass, fill with ice then add gin then tonic. Push in a sprig of thyme and one more blackberry on top for effect.
As you sip away more of the blackberry flavour and colour will come out and when you get to the bottom your blackberries will be deliciously boozy! I would say this definitely counts towards one of your 5 a day, so win win!
These garnishes will go really well with The Botanist Gin.
Lemon peel and pink peppercorns
I have had a big thing about pink peppercorns ever since I had them crushed over avocado on toast a few years ago (which I insist you try immediately – HEAVEN!). Incidentally, after I had eaten them I made the connection to one of my all time favourite scents…
Anyway, you are here for the gin…so…I started to try out what else I could incorporate my pink peppercorns into and lo and behold they go down a treat in a gin and tonic.
Make your gin and tonic as you would usually, remembering plenty of ice and then add in a thumb sized slither of lemon peel. If you give it a bit of a twist before it goes in it releases its flavours. Add in a few peppercorns – you can crush them if you like. I would recommend not using a straw for this one as you don’t want a high-speed peppercorn hitting the back of your throat!
On a side note, I am a bit of a tonic snob and prefer Fever Tree to anything else. It really does make a difference. Oh, and Aldi sell one that is verrrrrryyyy similar to it 😉
So there you have it. Will you be trying out these tips to elevate your gin and tonic?
Do you have any other ‘flavours’ that you would recommend?
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