I’ve had a few people ask me how I come up with flavour combinations for my drinks. In the case of gin, I research their tasting notes , botanical list and then try either: highlight an ingredient or to contrast with it. Another handy tip is to think about flavour profiles of food (esp desserts) that you enjoy and try emulate those flavours. Otherwise all my inspiration comes from previous drinking experiences at bars, restaurants, pubs etc over my time.
Today’s drink was inspired by a honey and vanilla cake/ slice I had this weekend. I decided to make a vanilla and honey flavoured gin and tonic!
- 30mls Hendricks’s Gin
- 1/4 teaspoon Honey (runny honey)
- 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla bean paste
- 15mls lemon juice (fresh)
- Tonic water 💦 (I used Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic)
- Vanilla pod
- Lemon wedges
- Before mixing your drink. Prepare your garnish by cutting the lemon 🍋 into wedges and splitting the vanilla pod in half (length ways). Using a vegetable peeler , peel a slice of cucumber 🥒 and line your glass , then top with ice, followed by the lemon wedges.
- In a cocktail shaker combine the honey, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and gin.
- Fill with ice then shake for about 20seconds.
- Strain (or double strain if you have seeds in your lemon) into your prepared glass.
- Top up with tonic water and add the lemon wedges as well as the vanilla pod.
- I’ve used a frangipani flower 🌺 as I thought the colour worked perfectly with the drink but this is not necessary.
- Do not add more honey than stated unless you like your drinks very sweet.
- This also goes for the vanilla bean paste: 1teaspoon =1 whole vanilla bean pod.
- If you can’t source the vanilla paste then you can use vanilla extract but make sure it’s not imitation vanilla!
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