I’ve spoken often about my love of gin.
There’s been such a resurgence recently, it’s definitely the drink of the moment.
Which is great for a gin-head like me.
Instead of being faced with the limited option of Gordons or Bombay Sapphire (if you’re lucky); and I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with either but it’s always nice to have a little more choice. These days even the tiniest, most rural, watering hole or restaurant has a good selection of artisan gins behind the bar.
So where I’ve tried a myriad of different types of gin — containing various different botanicals — generally speaking I drink it very simply. With tonic and ice.
And lemon, lime or cucumber; depending on what suits.
So imagine my excitement, reading an article a few weeks ago, that declared that there was a new kid in town.
The turbo gin and tonic
Gin, tonic and coffee.
Cue mucho excited discussion between me and Mr D, debating on which would be the best of our gins to try this new taste sensation.
It’s recommended that a gin with a heavy juniper base — or zingy citrusy flavours — would be preferable. So, with that in mind, we chose our current favourite; Silent Pool.
This lovely spirit has been top of my ginny hit parade for a while now; it has lovely, fresh citrusy notes and the sweet, smooth finish that I like in a gin.
We fell down slightly; the original turbo gin and tonic recipe uses Sandows Cold Brew Coffee which we didn’t have, so I brewed up my fave beans — Guatemala Antigua from Starbucks — in the Moka expresso pot and left it overnight to steep.
How to make a turbo gin and tonic
Turbo Gin and Tonic Ingredients
- 35ml gin — I used Silent Pool
- 10ml cold brew coffee (Sandows is recommended but we made our own)
- Tonic Water
- Twist of lemon peel to garnish (and I threw in a few coffee beans for decorative effect)
The method could not be simpler.
Fill a long glass with ice.
Add your gin, followed by the cold coffee.
Top up with tonic water and garnish with the lemon peel (and coffee beans if you’re feeling fancy).
And the verdict?
Aah be still my beating heart (although that maybe the caffeine getting to work).
Yes. Thumbs up from over here.
Mr D preferred less coffee to the original recipe; I preferred a twist of orange to lemon.
But what I will say, is that it’s like nothing I’ve ever tried before. You initially taste the gin and tonic but the finish on it is extraordinary.
Very sweet and — less like coffee — it has more of a liquorice or aniseed flavour.
It’s certainly not something I would drink on a regular basis but for an occasional pick me up — before a night out perhaps — the turbo gin and tonic is a winner. Or should that be gin-ner?