A twist on the Gin & Tonic

If you are a regular reader you’ll already know that I love gin.

And if you are new- Hello, welcome- I love gin!

A refreshing G&T is perfect at the end to a busy day, especially in the warmer summer months. I love the botanical aroma and flavours of gin. I also love that a gin and tonic is incredibly easy to make- with two very obvious base ingredients.

Gin is also great in cocktails as I’m sure you probably know, but making a cocktail for yourself isn’t quite the same as having one made for you is it?

I was asked by TheBar.com recently whether I’d like to try shaking up my regular gin & tonic, and they promised me it’d be really easy. So after lots of internal debate I decided to give it a try.

I decided to go for the OMG&T, with a name like that it had to be good!

Their recipe is 1 part gin to 4 parts tonic, with the addition of lime and fresh berries… And ice of course, deliciously light and refreshing.

Seeing as I was in the experimental frame of mind I couldn’t help but add a few twists myself. It seems allowing myself to add something new to my sacred G&T spurred my creativity.

My recipe is basically the same as above with a couple of tweaks: 1 part gin to 4 parts Fevertree Mediterranean Tonic, along with the fresh berries, lime and ice. A brainwave came in the form of Basil… Have you tried Basil with strawberries before?gin with basil and strawberries and fevertree

They are a match made in heaven, and I just happened to have the obligatory supermarket pot of Basil on my windowsill. I also thought the Mediterranean tonic would go well with the Basil so I tore some up and added it.

I should point out here, that I was making these drinks for myself and Mr OFS on a Sunday evening, after a busy but happy weekend. I should also point out that the Mr doesn’t drink gin- he’s just not a fan, “too fragrant” but he agreed to have one seeing as I was acting as mixologist for the evening.

So how did it taste? Really bloody lovely that’s how! And even Mr OFS was singing its praises, after a hot day in the garden cutting the hedges (him, not me) he loved how refreshing it was and that the juniper wasn’t overpowering as he often finds with G&T’s.

The ingredients to create this drink are all readily available at the moment and the strawberries are coming into season now so this is a great way to use them up if you find you’ve bought loads with all the offers that’ll no doubt start with Wimbledon. Surely this counts as one of your five a day too with all that fruit!?

If you fancy trying a new and easy cocktail check out these “how to” clips and find more drinks inspiration.

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  1. July 3, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    What a great twist to the G&T! I might have to try this with my Bloom gin, it really goes well with strawberries 🙂 I also like raspberry and mint in my G&Ts!

  2. July 3, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Oh wow well I love gin too I have to say and with strawberries and basil I imagine would be gorgeous! Perfect for summer evenings (or days!) I have some strawberry gin actually which I need to get out again for the summer! x

  3. July 4, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Not a huge fan of Gin myself but if it’s got basil in I think I might try this recipe out!

  4. July 4, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I’m not much of a gin drinker but I do love trying out mixers for a good afternoon get-together. And given how you mentioned that Mr OFS sang praises about this – I’m definitely giving it a go! Thanks for the recipe!