You’ve heard of a G&T, right? If not, stop reading and head to a bar to order one. You should probably have a stern word with your self on the way too… The G&T is Britain’s national drink; it’s a cocktail far greater than the sum of its parts, despite the fact that its individual parts are each entirely divine.
The Colonial G&T takes us right back to gin and tonic’s first date, prior to the days of carbonation, Happy Hours and swift halves. While the drink tastes like a G&T, it’s flat and short, and when served chilled in a rocks glass makes for a nice summer sipper.
How to make a Colonial G&T:
60ml Martin Miller’s Gin
15ml tonic syrup (we recommend BTW)
10ml lime juice
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake hard and fast. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and get sipping.
A brief, inebriated history:
Gin and Tonic was originally a concoction created to administer quinine to the troops, but the drink was not the one we’re accustomed to today. Sometimes administered as pills (a bitter pill to swallow) washed down with the daily ration of gin or made into syrup and mixed in – quinine was vulgar. While the quinine cordials were foul, don’t forget that the gin of the era probably was distilled with little aplomb too.
Still, we were very curious to catch a glimpse of what this might have been like however. What would the original Gin & Tonic taste like? Why did this particular concoction take hold post Colonial era.
Ans so, we were most excited when the folks at Martin Miller’s Gin thought of a way to create a modern interpretation that would fit today’s palate, using a tonic reduction comprised of: 1l Fever-Tree tonic, 6 crushed juniper berries, 6 black peppercorns, 12 coriander seeds, 1 whole zest of lemon, half a pink grapefruit zest and two green cardamom pods.
The spices were added to a pestle and motar to be broken up, and then added to a pan with citrus peel, where the zest was gently pressed to extract the oils. Tonic water was added, and the liquid heated until it had reduced by half. The mixture was then sieved and left to cool.
As much of a faff as this was to reduce, it makes for an utterly delightful drink and really brings to life the history of the G&T. Short and more intense – ideal for those who like the flavours in a G&T’s but don’t want to drink something carbonated.
Luckily for you, dear readers, tonic syrup is now readily available to buy on both sides of the Atlantic, with Bermondsey Tonic Water selling their version in the UK, Jack Rudy catering to the US market and ¾ Ounce Tonic taking pride of place in Canada. For an enjoyable history lesson with the the home made reduction, grab a bottle and get cracking!
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