Let’s paint you a picture. It’s a Friday, it’s been a long week running around after the kids, maybe you worked too, partner as well, between deadlines, all the insanity of the week you are exhausted. You say “sod it” and you order a takeout for minimum effort, then finally the kids go to bed. Then you can finally sit in front of the TV watching something super cosy, a scented candle or 2, low lighting and you are wearing brand new PJs! Inhand you have an ice cold gin & tonic, maybe it’s a pink gin, or perhaps a rose infused tonic? Maybe ginger or rhubarb, either way, the gin is exactly what you need to top off a relaxing evening. For a moment the world just stops, calm is restored and tranquillity prevails.
This little story is why Gin is worth another shot- pun intended. Wine industry- “stand back”, Gin takes as much time, care and passion in its production. Well, in actual fact, unlike wine, gin doesn’t have a gestation period, once produced, its ready to drink.
Here are a few ways to enjoy Gin.
The Ultimate G & T- Original
Take a tall glass and pack it full of ice. Take a measure of your favourite gin.
Garnish wise, this depends on the gin and your preference, I recommend a slice of lemon of a gin-like Gordons or a slice of cucumber of a gin-like Hendricks.
Then top this off with a tonic on choice. If you want to elevate the drink, take a lighter to a slice of lemon peel, this releases the oils of the lemon.
2 Easy Gin Cocktails
Saturday Night With The Girls- Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz
– 1 measure of Gin
– 6 cardamom pods
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup water
– 2 rosemary sprigs
– 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
– splash of prosecco
– grapefruit peel
Don’t be deterred by all the ingredients, it’s actually quite easy and well worth it for all the autumnal vibes. Take the cardamon pods and pour over your fave gin. Store in an airtight jar (like an old jam jar) overnight. The in a pan, boil the sugar, water and rosemary together until the sugar is dissolved, then remove the rosemary and leave it to cool. Then you can begin to piece it all together. Over ice, pour in the rosemary syrup and add in the gin. Then add the grapefruit juice and finally a splash of prosecco to finish. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit peel. Delicious.
Perfect Autumnal Warmer- Spiced Cider & Gin
– Sugar Syrup
This is a little American meets Britain autumn (or fall) collaboration. Place a cup of cider per person in a pan. Pour in a measure of Gin person. Add in a couple of cinnamon sticks, a couple of cloves, a couple of tablespoons of sugar syrup and a cup of water. Let this all come to simmer. Serve in a tumbler and garnish with a cinnamon stick, sit yourself down, open a good book, sit back and relax.
Conclusion: There you have it- Gin For Beginners- Hints And Tips For The Best & Most Simple Serves. I hope you enjoy sampling the recipes, being experimental and trying new recipes for yourself. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below.
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