The Turbo G&T fuses three of London’s most loved liquids into an enticing, energising cocktail that promises to brighten up your eyes as it loosens up your limbs.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee in cold water overnight (or in Sandows case, for 16 hours) and as such picks up none of the acidity that you’d expect from a cup of joe. Instead it brings a rich caffeine dose that is naturally sweet and smooth.
Combining cold brew with the beautiful botanicals of gin and the gentle bitterness of tonic creates a tall, tart treat of a cocktail that is well placed to combat that feeling Friday night fans know all to well: complete and utter elation coupled with overwhelming exhaustion, that sees your dancing feet say yes but your sleepy brain say zzz….
How to make a Turbo G&T
35ml Gin (we tend to use Sipsmith)
Lemon peel to garnish
Pour the gin over ice into a Collins glass. Add the cold brew coffee, then top up with tonic water and garnish with a long lemon peel. We recommend either using a classic gin or a citrus forward gin in a Turbo G&T – the coffee wants to dominate the mix and you need either some fresh acidity or big punchy juniper core to balance it out. For example, gins like Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength, Fords or Tanqueray Export Strength are good options to begin mixing with here.
(Sandows themselves make a very similar drink, though they float the coffee on top – those seeking a stronger coffee flavour might enjoy their method more).
Our version of the Turbo G&T was inspired by bespoke cocktail serves being made during London Coffee festival. It is just one in an incredible list of cocktails that we showcased at Junipalooza 2016 and in the following months, the drink has gone on to grow international reputation so who knows… You may well find it in a bar near you soon!
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