As you may have already learnt, I am a passionate gin lover. And as I have said before, I tend to value quality over quantity. I love small batch distilleries and find their gins have a much richer, deeper taste. Small distilleries also always add such a personal value to each bottle than the typical supermarket brands. I love trying out new recipes and adding different garnishes and cordials to my gin and tonics to uncover subtle and interesting tastes. Today’s drink is an Elderflower Gin Fizz and it has VERY quickly become one of my ALL TIME(!) favourite gin drinks. It is a fairly simple recipe to put together but still gives off a ‘fancy’ vibe.
What is in today’s drink?
– 50ml of Illusionist Gin per person
– 30ml of Elderflower Cordial
– 250ml of soda water
– Garnishes of sliced cucumber and mint leaves
Something that really changes the flavour is the mint leaves. Although it can be quite a powerful taste which sometimes overwhelms the tasting notes of the gin, I always find if it is only added as a garnish, it seems a forgotten afterthought. What I have done with this drink is poured the elderflower cordial in first over the mint leaves and left them to infuse for a little while before making the rest of the drink. I totally get that this seems waaaaaay too over the top for a simple gin fizz, but I wanted to try something new and it really did pay off. It does take a little more prepping but could be perfect if you were hosting drinks or a dinner party at your house and could plan a little in advance.
Today’s recipe features one of my recent gin pick-ups; Illusionist Dry Gin. One thing I love about Illusionist is the different aromas that sort of fight each other. You can quickly taste juniper and liquorice but subtlely which is something rare in gins. Often they overpower with one dominant taste. The aftertaste I personally take from the gin is one of lavender which is beautifully paired with the elderflower cordial. Another thing I love about this gin is the blue tint, although not suuuuper bright in colour, it certainly adds a little tint to your drink. I absolutely love it when gins have their own little unique stamp. You’ll always know when you are drinking Illusionist and there is something special about that. One thing I am wanting to try with this gin is a lavender theme… so keep your eyes out for that!!
If you also a keen lover of gin, I made a simple G&T, so check that one out here