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6 Ways to Jazz Up Your G&T This Summer

Recently I have been steering away from the classic G&Ts (Gin, it’s not you, it’s me…). Instead I have been making Rhubarb Gin Sours, Negronis and other cocktails. But as the sun is out and spring is here, I feel like it’s time to come back to the refreshing Gin and Tonics, but rather than a simple serve of G, T and lime, I have added more flavour by jazzing up the garnish.

These are all super-simple and won’t take you that long to prepare, but it will be worth the extra effort. Don’t forget to have plenty of ice –  it’s key to every quality serve. It’s up to you what gin–tonic ratio you prefer. I normally go for 1 part gin to 2 parts tonic.

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1 Strawberry & Black Pepper – My personal favourite!

This combo goes well with citrus gin. I used Malfy Gin Originale, but it would work even better with Malfy Con Limone (I ran out!!).

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3 Strawberries

Black pepper

Muddle two strawberries together with Gin, add ice, extra strawberry slices and top up with tonic. Grind black pepper on the top.

2 Blackberry, Lemon & Mint – Can’t get any fresher than this!

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4 Blackberries

Lemon and mint for garnish

Dash of sugar syrup

Muddle the blackberries together with sugar syrup and a dash of lemon juice. Add the rest of the ingredients and garnish with a lemon wheel and a few mint leaves (bruise the mint slightly to release the flavour).

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3 Rosemary & Grapefruit – Beautifully pink!

50ml Gin (I used Renegade Gin)

20ml Rosemary syrup*

50ml Fresh pink grapefruit juice

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Combine all ingredients over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

* To make the rosemary syrup simply add sugar, water and a few rosemary sprigs to a saucepan, bring to boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat, cover with a lid and leave to sit for an hour. Strain and let it cool.

4 Gin & Vermouth – Botanical genius!

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10–15ml Sweet Vermouth

Orange or peach slice for garnish

Pour the gin and tonic over the ice first, then add the vermouth. Garnish with a slice of orange or peach. (I prefer peach with this, but unfortunately, it’s not available here yet.)

5 Italian Blood Orange – Super fresh, not too sweet.

50ml Gin (I used Fifty Pounds Gin)

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50ml Fresh blood orange juice

Blood orange for garnish

Combine all ingredients with ice and serve.

6 Raspberry & Mint – There’s no summer without Pinkster!

50ml Pinkster Gin

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Raspberries

Mint

As I’ve previously mentioned, Pinkster Gin is my favourite summer G&T, especially when served with plenty of mint and raspberries!

What is your go-to summer G&T serve? Do you drink different Gins depending on the season?

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