And I'm not talking about money, I'm talking about the amount of alcohol I allow myself to drink during a month. If I don't keep a tight budget one drink too easily leads to another and that is rarely a good thing.
Gin and Tonic and I have to some extend grown apart - I often find the taste a bit one dimensional.
Perhaps because I neglect to mix it with the same care I put into other drinks?
During my gentle gin-buzz I searched the interwebs for some good G&T-videos and found this, that shows how the reigning worlds best bartender Davis Rios mixes a 'gintonic' Spanish style.
A video that had me planning a fantasy trip to Barcelona for amazing G&T's, including a visit to 41 Degrees for cocktails and bar foods the Adria way set to music.
And since the trips is all in my mind anyway why not visit Heston Blumenthal on the way home and taste one of his cucumber infused gin and tonics?
For some mysterious reason (clever product placement by spirits giants who have managed to turn the international gin and tonic day into booze lovers Mother's day, perhaps?) that very same day Gin Foundry's post about the Colonial Gin and Tonic popped up in my twitter-feed and I knew I had to mix it - actually cook it.
And what better time to do that than today?
I only tweaked it a little tiny bit.
- 6 juniper berries
- 6 black peppercorns
- 12 coriander seeds
- 3 green cardamom pods
- The peel of one lemon and a quarter of a pink grapefruit
- 4 thick slices of cucumber
- 0.5 liter Fever Tree Indian Tonic
After a quick trip to the freezer to cool the tonic down (well the tonic took the quick trip) I was ready to mix:
- 6 cl Old English Gin - apart from the fact that I love this gin I figure it's closer to the gin used in the first G&T's.
- 3 cl Tonic reduction
- 1 cl lemon juice
- Dash of rose tincture
- 3 dashes angostura bitter
Then I have two suggestions: Either strain into a icy cold stem glass - (use the winning method at the bottom of this post for quick cooling (and to find use for any cheap vodka in your bar)).
Or - and this is the path I chose - strain into a glass full of ice and some garnish - and top it off with a bit of Pellegrino Tonic Water for fizz and tonic balance.
Finally go here and stare at a must have G&T drinking vessel.
(Contrary to what it may look like, the only sponsored part of this post was the G&T box from Henricks on Wednesday - the rest is just the result of my love of name-dropping)