Gin Days Of Summer: Lemon Lavender Gin and Tonic


Lemon Lavender Gin & Tonic Cocktail Recipe

     Gin & Tonic, the quintessential summer cocktail, made famous by Ernest Hemmingway and rumored to prevent malaria.
     It doesn't, but nothing refreshes the soul at the end of a hot day on the dark continent like a Gin & Tonic.
     Hemmingway drank a Gin & Tonic and then he killed himself on a Sunday in Idaho. There may have been a different reason why.
     What's in a Gin & Tonic, you ask? Well, gin and tonic. See there, that's an easy one. But wait, what if this self explanatory cocktail could be improved upon?

I present for your consideration the Lemon Lavender Gin & Tonic.

     Hemmingway would never daisy up his liquor with girly things like lemon and lavender but no one asked him. You know, because he's dead.

Follow the flowchart:

  • In an empty glass, muddle a sprig of fresh lavender with a good size wedge of lemon. I did not add sugar to the mix, but you could if you wanted. Incidentally, tonic water usually has quite a bit of sugar in it already.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add 1 - 2 shots of gin. I used Essex Place London Dry Gin but you can use whatever gin you like.
  • Top with tonic water.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of lavender, preferably one with flowers on the end.
  • Either serve with a cocktail straw or stir with a spoon. All the good stuff is at the bottom.

    This flavor set may not be for everyone, but I found it to be nice. Earthy and fresh. Drunk on aromatherapy you could say.


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