Monty came to visit this summer. After a day walking on the beaches of the North Coast and climbing on the Giants Causeway we sipped some Spanish style Gin and Tonics, served in large balloon like glasses. Monty who is Spanish Scottish told me the big fishbowl glasses are to allow the gin to breathe and release its flavours. The next evening at home I cooked and we made gin and tonics. Sitting around the big table we chatted, told stories and enjoyed time together.
Sipping gin and chatting make for a great evening.
We have been drinking what has come to be known as Monty's Gin and Tonics all since she visited, served in fishbowl glasses with fruit, herbs, ice and gin.
These are the simplest drinks to make and the large glasses make them really enjoyable.
This Spirit of London Dry Gin small batch from Marks and Spencer is light and refreshing with a good juniper and botanical flavour. It is distilled at the Thames Distillery near Clapham in Central London. Master Distiller Charles Maxwell who created the gin especially for M&S is the 8th generation in an unbroken line of London gin distillers that began with his forbearer George Bishop in 1700, giving him a unique 300 years worth of knowledge. It makes a perfect base to layer with fruits.
In each glass I added a handful of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, slices of peach, a sprig of rosemary and a piece of orange rind, covered with ice and poured in some Marks and Spencer Spirit of London gin and topped them up with tonic.
You can add any type of tonic you like, I particularly enjoy the one's with a hint of lemon.
You can add any combination of fruits you like - grapefruit and rosemary with blackberries tastes fresh. Rose petals, a drop or two of rose extract, elderflower cordial and slices of lime and blueberries work really well.
Monty this one's for you. Slainte.
That's it for now ...
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