5 amazing G&Ts you need to try ASAP

Aaah, the gin and tonic...drink for all occasions. From an accompaniment to a summer's day in the garden, to an after-work refresher, to a Saturday afternoon in the pub - there really is nothing better. But sometimes it's nice to mix things up just a bit...these five simple recipes will help broaden your G&T horizons. Cheers!


Cucumber and basil G&T gin cocktail

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Cucumber and Basil G&T

Ingredients:

45ml gin
40ml elderflower liqueur
Juice of ½ a lime
2 sprigs basil, plus more to garnish
½ cucumber
Tonic water

 

Method:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, slice thin ribbons of cucumber and place in a cocktail glass. From the remaining cucumber, cut off 3 chunks to muddle into the cocktail. Squeeze the lime juice into a cocktail shaker and add the gin, St Germain, basil, and cucumber chunks. Muddle the ingredients well, and then add ice.
  2. Shake well, then pour into your glass. Top with tonic and garnish with basil.
 

Strawberry and black pepper G&T

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Strawberry and Black Pepper G&T

Ingredients:

3 strawberries
Freshly ground black pepper
45ml Gin
Tonic water

 

Method:

  1. Muddle 2 strawberries and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass. Stir in the gin and top with tonic. Garnish with a strawberry.

Blackberry and Lemon G&T gin

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Blackberry and Lemon G&T

Ingredients:

3 blackberries
5 fresh mint leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
15ml sugar syrup
60ml gin
Tonic water

 

Method:

  1. Muddle blackberries, mint leaves, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a glass. Fill glass with ice, and add the gin. Top with tonic water, stir gently and serve. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a mint leaf.

Grapefruit and Tarragon G&T gin cocktail

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Grapefruit and Tarragon G&T

Ingredients:

2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
60ml fresh grapefruit juice
60ml gin
Tonic water

 

Method:

  1. Muddle the tarragon and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice cubes, grapefruit juice and gin and shake. Half fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Top with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of tarragon.

Chili and Lime G&T gin

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Chilli and Lime G&T

Ingredients:

1 red chilli
Juice of ¼ lime
45ml gin
Tonic water
Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Slit chilli lengthwise and lightly muddle in a glass. Add ice, lime juice and gin. Top with tonic and stir gently. Garnish with coriander leaves if using.