The simple G&T is a deliciously simple highball that also allows for plenty of creativity. This little tweak adds depth of flavour and intrigue to the old favourite. ‘Coffee and Tonic’?! I hear you say. I know…but just trust us, it’s a great combination you need to try.
- 45 ml GIN (1 part)
- 15 ml FRESH ORANGE JUICE (1/3 part)
- 135 ml TONIC WATER (3 parts)
- 7.5 ml COFFEE (dash)
How to make it
- 1 – Pour and/or squeeze all ingredients into a highball glass, except for the coffee.
- 2 – Fill the glass with ice to top.
- 3 – Add a little coffee. You can always include more, so just start light. 1-2 teaspoons of coffee is enough to start with.
- 4 – Garnish and serve.
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Get nerdy with it
GIN – Like any good G&T, this recipe will work with whatever Gin you like to drink. We would recommend staying with one of the more classic styles of Gin though…but feel free to experiment!
FRESH ORANGE JUICE – If you’re just making one or two drinks, cut a wedge of orange, squeeze it in, then discard it. If you’re making a few more, for a party perhaps, squeeze your OJ ahead of schedule to make life easier for yourself.
Dash / STRONG BLACK COFFEE – Add the amount of coffee to suit your taste. Cold brew, espresso, whatever you prefer…just make sure it’s black, flavoursome and cold.
TONIC WATER – Like the Gin, stay with something traditional here. There’s already a lot of flavours working together and you don’t want anything too left-field that will throw the receipe out of kilter.
Why we chose this recipe for you
This is one of those surprising little drinks. Far more clever than the simple list of ingredients and process would lead you to believe.
Coffee and Gin actually work really well, the slightly sour and bitter notes from juniper complement those same flavours found in coffee beans.
The bitter notes from the quinine found in Tonic also combine well with the soft bitter notes in both the Gin and the coffee.
You might therefore think that this would produce a drink that was too bitter, but actually, it unifies the drink without overpowering it. What elevates it is the splash of fresh orange juice. Fresh citrus is a classic accompaniment to both Gin and Tonic, and if you have never tried a twist of lemon or orange in an espresso, we highly recommend it. Citrus with chocolate, brings a whole new dimension lifting what could otherwise be a one dimensional bitter drink.
Combining both coffee and fresh orange juice, this is a great option for when you‘re enjoying a boozy brunch.
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