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?
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.