How to make a turbo gin and tonic

I’ve spoken often about my love of gin.

I’ve created a little gin bar at home; made sloe gin, gin cocktails — including a little one called The Jubarb; a gin and rhubarb cocktail, perfect for balmy summer evenings.

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.

Coffee? Whaaa??

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

The turbo gin and tonic; gin, tonic and er, 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

Fave gin of the moment; Silent Pool

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

turbo gin and tonic o’clock

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

We didn’t have Sandows, so made our own expresso mix

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

Turbo Gin and Tonic Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 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).

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

A turbo gin and tonic — gin, tonic and coffee

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

Add a twist of lemon peel

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

And I threw in a handful of coffee beans for good measure

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?

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

Turbo gin and tonic — done — tick

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 12th February 2017 / 6:09 pm

    This would definitely be more Hubby’s drink than mine – I love the smell of coffee but can’t stand the stuff and even knowing it was in this drink would stop me from trying it! x

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:27 am

      My sister in law is similar to that with coffee!!! She loves an actual cup of coffee but hates the flavour of it in anything else!! I think I’d be on a losing streak trying to get her to try this too!! ;)

  2. 12th February 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Well there’s a new one for me. I can’t see the Bavarian trying it but I might give it a go. Lord knows I could do with a good boost before a night out! With my sister’s hen coming up, this could be just what I need :D

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:00 am

      YES!! This can be your hen-do cocktail!! Definitely the perfect thing for a pick-me-up!!!

  3. 18th February 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Ooh. I really don’t know what you make of this. It does sound a bit wrong, but then I do like the idea of a pre-going out pick me up! Think I should probably give it a go…

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:56 pm

      I was surprised! It wasn’t what I was expecting — definitely more liquorice than coffee. And it definitely wouldn’t replace my standard G&T. It’s more of a cocktail. But DEFINITELY worth a try!! :) xx

  4. Kerry
    19th February 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Well this is much more grown up than a turbo shandy! Remember them?? This looks amazing. I love gin, but have never been that adventurous with my choices. I think now might be the time to start!! x x x

    • 24th February 2017 / 8:00 pm

      TURBO SHANDY!!! LOL!! I’d forgotten about those!! YUK. I’m not a fan of lager — it spoiled a Smirnoff Ice to have one in there!! Haha!!

  5. 19th February 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Ooooh that looks very refreshing Caro! Seriously, I don’t think there’s a prettier bottle of any drink than Silent Pool Gin. Great post xx

    • 24th February 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Aah I LOVE Silent Pool!! And you’re right — I’ve yet to find a prettier bottle!! :)

  6. Kerri-Ann
    21st February 2017 / 8:10 am

    Oh wow that drink looks like a real treat doesn’t it. I’m going to have to bookmark it and come back. I will admit to never drinking it before a Gin bar opened near to where we live. Have you tried Poppy’s Gin? Oh my goodness, it is a taste sensation although I will admit to enjoy a sweeter drink than the original you like so it may be too much for you x

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:12 am

      Gosh — I have been drinking gin all my adult life — I find it really strange when people say they’ve only just discovered it or don’t like it!! LOL!! I’m not keen on many other alcoholic drinks; I don’t like beer etc… but I LOVE gin!! Especially finding new ones! I have tried Poppies — it has pine in it! That was a first for me :)

  7. 21st February 2017 / 9:55 am

    Don’t shoot me but I wish I liked gin. I tried it once with Morgana the gin queen I just can’t. Or maybe I need a different mixer but it’s just not my thing. Sadly it sounds so good and always looks so good too. Silly taste buds maybe they will mature with age. hahaha Gorgeous styling shots here. #wrc

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:14 am

      You and I can never be friends. Not like gin???!! LOL!! Only joking treasure. Wow — it is weird when people say they don’t like it. It’s my absolute favourite! But hey, all the more for me!! ;) xx

  8. 21st February 2017 / 10:08 am

    Coffee AND gin??! You are a genius! xx

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:15 am

      It definitely didn’t taste like I was expecting it to!! More liquorice than coffee; it’s SUCH a bizarre taste!!

  9. Katya
    24th February 2017 / 4:30 am

    Winner! Who would have thought gin, tonic, and coffee would work together? Although I can’t quite imagine how it tastes yet, but definitely would love to try. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • 24th February 2017 / 9:38 am

      I know!! It’s a weird combo isn’t it? But really good!! Thanks so much for dropping by :)

      • 27th February 2017 / 11:29 pm

        Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, so weird! :) But as they always say, nothing new comes out if we stay inside the box, so you did a great job on this.

  10. 25th February 2017 / 7:42 pm

    What a grand idea! I’m not a big lover of gin, although have a tasting in a few weeks. The bottles are so pretty though. Love these glasses xx

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:19 am

      I’m obsessed with it!!! Especially trying different ones that I’ve never come across before — my boy and I try to outdo each other!! See who can bring the most obscure one home! :)

  11. 26th February 2017 / 10:54 am

    Oh, this sounds gorgeous, I think I would love it, although not sure my husband would. I love that you have a gin bar at home! xx

    • 3rd March 2017 / 4:51 pm

      The gin supplies are low at the mo!!! Down to just 6 bottles!! LOL!!! ;)

  12. 3rd March 2017 / 10:43 am

    Very interesting putting coffee in gin, but I sense you are a gin expert Caro so that is good enough for me. Just popped over and saw your gin bar, all of the love for it. There are so many pretty gin bottles out there, and I got my first bottle of Hendricks for my birthday. I think I need to start collecting gin bottles. Just like stamps but far more interesting and tastier x

    • 3rd March 2017 / 5:29 pm

      I’m no expert by any means Tracey but I LOVE the stuff!!!! My big (man-shaped) boy and I are both self-confessed gin-snobs. We absolutely love it and try to out-do each other in the ‘who can find the best or most unusual’ gin stakes. Putting coffee in was a new one on me though!! :) xx

    • 3rd March 2017 / 4:32 pm

      It’s SO good!!! Didn’t taste quite as I was expecting but good nonetheless!!

  13. 5th March 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I’ve heard wonderful things about Silent Pool gin. This little cocktail looks amazing! xx

    • 6th March 2017 / 7:40 pm

      It’s SO lovely!!! A really lovely tasting gin with lots of botanicals and a sweet finish :) Right up my street!

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