Makers & Brothers

Gin Four Ways

Longer evenings, to us, mean more time in the back yard and more spent with friends. Fixing a drink when they arrive is our way of saying welcome, something classic and simple that leaves us time to chat. We've put together four simple twists on the gin and tonic, a perennial favourite but one that can benefit from a well-considered addition and, of course, quality Irish gin. So, our G&T four ways, something to suit any mood and prepared with four of the most interesting local gins we could find.


Raspberry & Rose

Made to a secret recipe that takes full advantage of local botanicals, the floral notes of Dingle gin are a subtle accompaniment to this summery take on the classic G&T.

Ingredients (makes 1)
50ml Dingle gin
4 raspberries
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 drop rosewater
Tonic water
Ice

Method
Muddle two of the raspberries with the sugar, lime juice, rosewater and gin. Fill the glass with ice and top with tonic, garnishing the drink with the remaining raspberries.


Cucumber

Glendalough's approach to their seasonal gins takes direction from the unpredicatble Irish weather, which dictates the local ingredients added to the distilling process. Their current spring edition uses gorse, dandelion and beech among other things, and the resultant gentle, earthy sweetness lends itself to this simple twist.

Ingredients (makes 1)
50ml Glendalough Wild Spring Botanical gin
Cucumber
Tonic water
Ice

Method
Fill a glass with ice and add your gin. Top with tonic, and long strands of cucumber, cut with a potato peeler.


“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”


Ginger

Milk gin is perfect for holding spicy notes, which makes this a fiery tipple indeed. Bertha's Revenge makes the most of this quality, delivering a smooth and balanced gin that really brings out the heat in fresh ginger.

Ingredients (makes 1)
50ml spiced gin, like Bertha's Revenge
1cm slice of fresh ginger
Tonic water
Ice

Method
Fill a glass with ice and add your gin. Top with tonic, and slivers of fresh ginger.



Lime & Thyme

One of our favourite flavour combinations, the thyme really adds a level of complexity to the initial citrus hit. We used Glendalough to balance the complexity with this season's botanicals, and were rewarded with an aromatic drink that makes the most of each and every ingredient.

Ingredients (makes 1)
50ml Glendalough Wild Spring Botanical gin
1 lime
1 tsp thyme syrup
Thyme sprigs
Tonic water
Ice

Method
Slice off a wedge of lime, and squeeze the juice from this into a glass. Add the gin and thyme syrup and stir well. Fill the glass with ice and top with tonic, garnishing with the sprigs of thyme and slice of lime.

Thanks To:
Ballyvolane House Spirits Company
Dingle Distillery
Glendalough Distillery

Credits
Quote by Winston Churchill

  

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