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.