Hands up if you like gin!
*Both hands up*
Gin & Tonic is one of my favourite drinks – since I can’t really stand the sweetness of most cocktails, it’s perfect. Cultured, simple and tasty. The famous long drink was invented by the British East Indian Army to help fight Malaria in the 1700’s. So Gin has a long history and indeed became very popular in the recent years. In moderation, your evening G&T can have be beneficial: the juniper berries contain lots of flavanoids improve blood circulation to helping stop water retention. There are so many variety and distillery exist these days and we can even go on distillery tours these day – which I’d love to do. You can also try all the different gins – worth sampling gin miniatures before buying a big bottle to see if you like it. And of course they are quite useful to try out different recipes.
Because gin is very versatile – from creating gorgeous drinks to baking cakes with gin – it makes everything a little bit special. So I’ve hand picked a few great recipes and ideas from my favourite bloggers (and one of my own) to share them with you. Enjoy.
Gin and Orange Cake
Did someone say cake AND gin? Well, I’m sold! This recipe from She Eats looks fantastic and it doesn’t look too complicated. I especially love blood orange – its taste has more body and a subtle tanginess too. Gin runs through the cake, the syrup and the icing – so one for the grown-ups only!
Tanqueray French 75 Cocktail
You only need 4 ingredients for this cocktail recipe: gin, lemon, sugar syrup and champagne – check out the method on All About A Mummy’s Blog.This is a very refreshing, perfect for summer cocktail recipe.
Raspberry and Mint Gin
Why not try to make your very own flavoured gin at home? It’s so easy with this recipe from Craft Invaders. If you’re lucky you can have everything from the garden – minus the gin of course. This would even make a fantastic handmade (and home made) gift too!
Gin Fizz Cocktail
This is for you if you’re looking for a classy gin cocktail recipe. Fin it on Kate on Thin Ice Blog. It can be very festive if you garnish with a few cranberries, a sprig of rosemary and serve – as KAte suggests.
Lemon and Elderflower Gin Meringue Pie
With the light and crisp base, tangy lemon flavoured delicate meringue – and of course a splash (or two) elderflower flavoured gin, this could be your favourite summer pie recipe. What’s not to love about it? Find the recipe on Hodge Podge Days
And talking about elderflower gin in the pie recipe above, now you can learn how to make it at home. It’s very easy and tastes like summer! Find the recipe from Life as Mrs D here. Again, great gift idea.
Cranberry – Rhubarb Gin Cocktail
This is my recipe and I prepared this for Valentine’s Day, because of the lovely deep red colour. But of course it can be lovely and refreshing at any time of the year. Check out my recipe here: Cranberry – Rhubarb Gin Cocktail Recipe
Orange and Rhubarb Gin
This is for you (erm.. me…) if you like rhubarb. I just recently discovered that I actually love rhubarb, so I use it quite often lately. (People CAN change.) Here’s a great recipe from Mummy Wales
It’s called London Mojito, because it’s essentially a gin & tonic with added Pimm’s and flavoured tonic water. It sounds just perfect for summer. Check out the recipe from The Strong Coffee here.
Gin & Tonic Ice Lollies
YESSSS! This has to be my new favourite treat after the children gone to bed. I’ve had the G&T popsicles you can by now in any posh supermarket – but now you can make them at home too! Check out the method from Mummy Tries.
This is a collaborative post.