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!
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Cucumber and Basil G&T
40ml elderflower liqueur
Juice of ½ a lime
2 sprigs basil, plus more to garnish
- 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.
- Shake well, then pour into your glass. Top with tonic and garnish with basil.
Strawberry and Black Pepper G&T
Freshly ground black pepper
- 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.
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Blackberry and Lemon G&T
5 fresh mint leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
15ml sugar syrup
- 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
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
60ml fresh grapefruit juice
- 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.
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Chilli and Lime G&T
1 red chilli
Juice of ¼ lime
Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)
- 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.