For me, you can never go wrong with a Gin and Tonic after a long day and recently I have been trying out some of my own new G&T recipes, in hope to find flavour and unique blends. Although sometimes the classic recipe is always the best, I am trying not to shy away from new ideas, recommendations and trial and failure method has definitely been an interesting one, both in good and bad ways (!!) I thought I would share this relatively simple recipe with you today as it has very rapidly become one of my all time favourite classic gin drinks and can be whipped up in a matter of seconds. This drink has gone down very well with friends I invited over to have a little try of my new gin and we have all come to the same conclusion; its mix of botanical juniper along with other blends of orange and grapefruit really does give a fresh and exciting taste. All too often, we have ended up drinking the same old boring gins because we never stepped out to explore different companies and distilleries and we feel this is a step in the right direction.
So, what will you need?
1 or 2 measures of Cuckoo Gin (depending on desired strength)
Tonic Water of your choice
Splash of pomegranate cordial to add to the complex flavour without overpowering the gin (optional)
Slice of lemon, lime or orange goes perfectly.
Crushed ice to add on top.
One thing I have really been loving recently is trying out new gins and not simply relying on the supermarket bestsellers. By looking further, at small batch distilleries, you often get a personality behind the bottle, a handwritten batch number and the flavouring is carefully selected and unique. Cuckoo Gin originates from Brindle Distillery in Lancashire and the entire process is handcrafted from local resources. That is something you just never get with the ‘big brands’ and their taste is simply on another level. It is smooth and spring-like, just incredible. Another thing I love about Cuckoo Gin is the experience you get with it. I definitely drink along the phrase of quality over quantity and this definitely is quality. The blue tint gradient of the bottle is beautiful – my pictures hardly do it justice – and there is no sound more satisfying that the pop of the cork when you go to pour yourself a drink.
Although this specific G&T recipe is very simple to put together, by adding the pomegranate cordial, it gives it just that little twist that your tastebuds were looking for. But be wary of the gin you use, as sometimes it can be overpowering and not blend well with the flavours of the gin. But definitely do experiment, I would not have found some of my favourite drinks if I was too scared to add new and random things to them.
Leave me a comment of any additions you put in your gin and tonics as I am always on the look out for new ideas 🙂
Disclaimer: Drink responsibly and only when at legal age of your country. Also hangovers are not ideal, so be responsible!