I asked you guys what sort of alcoholic drinks you’d prefer on Instagram (oh yeah, check out @littlegirl_bigeats !!) A lot of you voted for a bitter drink over a sweet one, preferring to taste the alcohol for what it is rather than have it hidden with other savoury flavours.
I immediately thought of a gin+tonic — a fan fave among many of my friends. Sometimes the bitterness of alcohol pairs extremely well with light, fragrant accompaniment such as citrus, or fresh herbs.
- Sprigs of mint leaves
- Orange rind
- 2.5 oz of gin, your fave
- Tonic/Sparkling water
- Use a pairing knife and peel off the rind of an orange — usually you don’t want to peel down to the white (the pith) of the citrus, since it is very bitter, but in a bitter drink? It’s okay to have a little.
- Wash a few mint leaves and place both in the bottom of a glass. Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to pound onto the orange peel and mint, also called muddling, gently releasing their oils.
- Fill your glass with ice and measure out the gin. Once mixing with a spoon, top off with tonic water or sparkling water and drink up friends.
[TIP] If you want to try something reaaaally different. Try doing this with thyme instead of mint. It’s super earthy, still has great essential oils to work with, and will compliment other citrus fruit like grapefruit or lemon.
As always, peace and good eats,