We all know about adding a wedge of fresh lemon or lime to our gin and tonics on a warm summer’s day, but what about trying something different with your next tipple? Gin (glorious gin) is distilled with a world of aromatics which pair perfectly with a range of not-so-typical garnishes.
Rosemary and Black Olive:
Herbaceous gins like Spanish Gin Maré are a match made in heaven with the robust flavours of a sprig of rosemary (or oregano) and a crushed black olive. The trick here is to choose a subtle flavoured tonic to avoid a flavour overload.
A large slice of this gorgeous citrus will not only make your next G&T look oh-so-Instagram-worthy, but will also add a slightly sweet pop of citrus to a bold gin like Plymouth Navy Strength.
If you manage to get your hands on a deeply savoury and spicy drop such as Opihr (my current favourite due to its pungent coriander hit) add a slice of green pepper to your glass and build you drink on top.
Jalapeño and Cucumber:
Add a hit of heat to a classic, citrussy London Dry gin such as forever staple Gordon’s or Hayman’s. Trust me on this one.
Cucumber and Rose Petals:
Add a twist to the standard Hendricks + cucumber combination with the addition of rose. Use fresh unsprayed, edible flowers to avoid any nasties or dried, edible rosebuds are a great alternative if you can’t get your hands on the fresh stuff.