I’m not being deliberately obtuse in my choice of drinks. I didn’t want this to be a pedestrian, prosaic blog post about gin. Essentially, I didn’t want to talk to you like you’re idiots. You know how to make a Gin and Tonic. What I wanted was to help elevate your drinks so that next time you’re at a party or cocktail evening, you can start pulling these out the bag like it’s no big deal.
I can’t remember where I was when I first tried rosemary in gin but I do remember it being a profoundly moving experience… I’m kidding. It was a drink. I do remember it was delicious. I had never considered it before, I think the most adventurous I’d been before this is gin and cranberry, because I occasionally like to push the boat out.
The rosemary works amazingly with the juniper and floral tastes in Gordon’s Gin with the elderflower just giving it that extra touch of sweetness. This is definitely a Summer/Autumn drink. It works in bright sunshine and the earthy rosemary makes it fantastic for when it’s warm enough to sit outside but starting to get a little bit cooler.
You’re going to need to make a syrup, but it’s totally worth it and really easy.
To make the syrup:
Equal parts sugar and water
Good handful of Fresh Rosemary (you need the oils from the herb so don’t bother using dried stuff)
Zest of half an Orange
Put it all in a saucepan, bring it to the boil and stir it until the sugar dissolves.
Let it simmer for about 10 minutes
Let it cool down. I can’t stress this enough. Sugar water is like napalm. Leave it alone!
Double strain it into a suitable container. Double straining involves using a hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer in conjunction. See? Simple.
For the Cocktail:
2 Parts Gordon’s Gin
Your Rosemary Syrup
4-5 Parts Tonic Water
Splash of Elderflower Cordial
Build it just like a normal G & T with loads of ice.
The reason you need the sprig of fresh rosemary is because a lot of the flavour from drinks comes from the aroma. Just before you take a drink, people have a tendency to take a quick breath through their nose. With a sprig right there, you become instantly aware of the rosemary and the other flavours just seem to explode.