It’s (posh) gin o’clock

With so many fancy new gins and tonics around, it may be time to upgrade your after-work G&T. In fact, says drinks guru Victoria Grier, it would be rude not to. Chin, chin 

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The recent gin renaissance (or should that be ginaissance?) has left us with an overwhelming choice of the juniper-flavoured spirit, but what to choose and, most importantly, which G goes with which T? Here’s my guide:

FIRST UP, The gin: Martin Millers gin

Get to know your gins. Buying at random is a fun way to sample different products, or choose a gin theme and build the rest of the drink round that. We decided on a Nordic-style G & T here, starting with Martin Millers gin made using Icelandic spring water. As well as juniper, this gin has a delicious blend of botanicals, which include nutmeg, cassia bark, coriander seeds, lemon, lime and bitter orange peel.

NOW FOR The tonic: Fentimans Botanical Tonic Water

Our choice of gins has become almost as mind-boggling as our choice of tonics over the past few years, and quite rightly so. Finding your perfect partner for your gin can seem as hard as finding the ultimate trench coat and my advice is to experiment and try on a few for size. If you are spending a little more on gin, then please spend a little more on the tonic. Cheaper tonic waters use artificial sweeteners, are often far too carbonated and this often drowns out the lovely subtle flavours of the gin. Here, we’ve done the hard work for you, accompanying our Icelandic gin with Fentiman’s Botanical Tonic Water. A delicious floral and herbal blend that will remind you of a summer garden.

ADD ice: blueberry ice cubes

What better way to finish off this tipple than with Scandinavian-style dill and blueberry ice cubes? Just place the dill and blueberries into an ice-cube tray. Top with water and freeze.

DON'T FORGET THE snack: beetroot gravadlax & horseradish mayo on charcoal wafers

Beetroot has a sweet deliciously earthy taste which goes with this garden-inspired drink so well. Blend a couple of tablespoons of good-quality mayo with half a teaspoon of horseradish sauce. Smother on to these Miller’s Damsels Charcoal Wafers from Waitrose and top with thin slices of beetroot gravadlax (this can be bought from your local deli, or substitute with smoked salmon). Serve with a wedge of fresh lemon and a crack of black pepper.






The Amalfi Amore

Live the dolce vita with this Sorrento-inspired sun-downer, a zesty gin partnered with the most herbal of tonics.

Malfy gin+ Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water  + sprig of fresh rosemary. The snack: truffle parmesan fries.

The English Rose

What better combination for a quintessentially English garden than with cool refreshing cucumber and fragrant rose?

Hendricks gin + Franklin & Sons Tonic Water + a cucumber ribbon, cracked black pepper and dried rosebud. The snack: quails eggs topped with Cornish crab and chopped garden herbs.

The Out of Africa

Take your gin safari to the next level with this fiery thirst quencher, perfect for golden sunsets.

Whitley Neill Gin + Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water + rose petal ice cubes and a slice of fresh ginger. The snack: honey-roasted almonds.


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