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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Home Etc #71

Morning folks and welcome to Home Etc!

Last week my lovely co-host Jess (from the blog Mummy Of Boy & Girl Twins) and I shared the news that our little linky is now being supported by Laura Ashley!

We’ve been SO excited about it and the response from the Home etc community was really overwhelming!

Needless to say, we had one of our busiest weeks ever, with a great number of bloggers linking in and sharing their posts.

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A favourite posts from last week came from Becky, who writes the blog Spirited Puddle Jumper, who showed off her amazing up-cycled drinks trolley!!

I’m SUCH a fan of a drinks trolley — I showed off my home gin bar earlier this year — and it’s lovely to see Becky’s fab retro version with the high-ball glasses and original Slim-Jims!!


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Images courtesy of The Spirited Puddle Jumper

Another favourite came from Carly at A Cup Full Of Glitter.

Carly is one of my favourites on Instagram as her lovely feed is always full of flowers found objects and is such a welcome sight each day.

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Images courtesy of A Cup Full Of Glitter

I love the post she linked up last week; not only did it have some very pretty seasonal imagery but it also had a recipe for carrot cupcakes!! YUM!

Well done to both of you girls.

Your names are now in the mix, to win this month’s voucher from our brand new sponsor — Laura Ashley — which will be announced in 4 week’s time.

Thanks so much everyone, for linking in. We really, really enjoy reading all your posts!

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

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2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @soot1978 — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our brand new sponsor!


Very weird to be typing that but SO exciting!!

Thanks so much for linking up all your fabulous posts. Jess and I look forward to reading more of the same this week!

The linky portal is open until midday on Friday.

#HomeEtc the hashtag

Jess and I are delighted that some of you lovely people are using the #HomeEtc hashtag on Instagram! Please do join in – we love seeing your pictures.

Whenever you are on Instagram and posting anything home, interiors, DIY, craft & garden related please do use the #HomeEtc hashtag. We would love to see your Instagram photographs and give them some love! 

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x

Mothers Ruin | Creating a gin bar at home

Aaah gin. They call it ‘Mother’s Ruin’ don’t they?

In the 1700s it was considered a poor man’s drink as it was so cheap. To the extent that some workers were given gin in lieu of wages.

By 1743 the equivalent of 10 litres of gin per person, per year, was being drunk in England.

In fact, it was so widely consumed that there was an epidemic of drunk and disorderly behaviour in London. And the government imposed a tax — The Gin Act 1751 — to try to reduce the effects of it.

These days it’s a little more gentile.


Creating a gin bar at home

Did Someone Say Gin O’Clock?

‘Gin o’clock’ has become the by-word for relaxation. And with numerous artisan gin companies popping up all over the place — distilling small batches of the juniper infused spirit — gin is enjoying a heady revival.

I’ve said on many occasions that it’s my favourite tipple. It actually states ‘gin lover’ in my bio on my social media channels; and I think it would be fair to say that I love the stuff.

I created a little gin based cocktail last year — The Jubarb — and my boy and I have an ongoing competition to see who can outdo each other by bringing home the ‘best’ or most unusual gin.

We’ve had Dodd’s, Caorunn, Aviation. Plus one from Portugal that was DELICIOUS but I can’t remember the name of. To name just a few.

My favourite used to be Brecon, by the Penderyn Distillery. Although that’s recently been knocked off the top spot by Adnams Copper House Dry Gin; an explosion of ginny, florally, citrusy goodness with a gorgeous sweet finish.

(You’ll note the lack of an Adnams bottle in my photos — it doesn’t tend to last too long once it crosses the threshold of our home).

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

The Gin Bar

We’ve usually got a few bottles of ‘mothers ruin’ stashed in our drinks cupboard; but then some of the bottles are so pretty that it’s a real shame to hide them away.

Cue a mission to find a suitable table to create a little gin bar at home.

I found the perfect one at HomeSense — a bargainous £39.99 with fold away legs and a removable butler’s tray top.

I’ve seen cheaper alternatives but I loved the reverse dipped legs  and white/pale wood colourway. Plus if we’re ever out of gin — *snorts* — it doubles up nicely as a cute lamp table.

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

So there we have it.

The perfect little display table for our gin collection and large enough to house all the other accoutrements needed to make a G&T.

Apart from it’s not *quite* big enough to accommodate a mini drinks fridge/freezer for the ice and tonic.


A girl can’t have everything, now, can she?

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

This is a collaborative post but as ever all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.