This strawberry St Germain gin and tonic is a simple twist on the classic, adding a dash of floral flavor and brightness to the glass. It’s the perfect light cocktail for spring or summer sipping.
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Not so long ago, I was looking at food holidays (something I never did before having a blog, but which I now find oddly amusing) and came to a strange realization. I didn’t have a gin and tonic cocktail on the blog.
Now, you may think why would you, it’s just two things mixed together, and you’d have a fair point. But while it’s such a classic, it’s also fun to add slight twists to, as in this strawberry and elderflower gin and tonic.
Plus, for me, gin and tonics have a bit of a special place in my memories.
When I lived with my parents, my grandpa would come over for dinner every Sunday evening. Actually I don’t think they necessarily did every week when my granny was still around, but it became a tradition once he was on his own.
Each Sunday, before the meal, the grown ups would have a gin and tonic. Once I was old enough, I got to join in (bear in mind the laws are different in the UK, before you think I stayed at home a long time!), but even when I was younger, I would help serve drinks and snacks.
These days, I don’t have them quite as much, mainly because I don’t think to buy tonic. Instead, I may make other drinks like a caipirinha, or more recent favorite mezcal sour. Or if I make a longer drink, it might be the other gin cocktail family of gin collins, like a strawberry collins or raspberry collins cocktail.
But seeing the G&T holiday made me realize I had to rectify the gap. I’ve been meaning to make a St Germain cocktail for a while, and this is such a great, simple way to incorporate some.
What is St Germain?
St Germain, if you are not familiar, is an elderflower liqueur. You can get other brands, but they do vary slightly in strength, sweetness and flavor. All have that amazingly floral elderflower scent, another childhood flashback for me. Being so floral, you only want a little in this cocktail. It adds just that hint of additional aromatic flavor and a gentle sweetness.
What gin is best for a St Germain gin and tonic?
Just like wine, beer and really any drinks, gin is a bit of a personal taste. Some prefer aromatic, others don’t. For this take on a gin and tonic, I definitely think more aromatic is better to pair with the St Germain. I’d suggest Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire for this. Maybe it’s the Scot in me, but I went for Hendricks.
In this version, I’ve more included strawberries for decoration rather than flavor, but you can definitely muddle the strawberries to bring out some of their flavor as well. They would certainly pair well flavor-wise.
Either way, these lovely glasses from JoyJolt really show off this pretty drink and are perfect to sip from.
This strawberry St Germain gin and tonic is an easy, gently fragrant twist on a classic cocktail. Perfect for brunch, before dinner, or whenever you choose!
Looking for more light cocktails? Try these!
- Strawberry bellini
- Pineapple mimosa
- Pimm’s cup cocktail
- Plus get many more ideas in the cocktail recipes archives.
Strawberry St Germain gin and tonic
- 2 strawberries (or 1 if larger)
- 1 1/2 oz gin 45ml, suggest aromatic like Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire
- 1/2 oz St Germain 15ml, or other elderflower liqueur
- 4 oz tonic 120ml, or more/less to taste
- 1 slice lime + ice to serve
- Cut the strawberries in to thick slices. If you like, add most of the slices to the bottom of a glass and muddle (alternatively add all as slices more for decoration).
- Add the gin and St Germain to the glass then add a few cubes of ice and the (remaining) strawberry slices.
- Top up the glass with tonic, top with a slice of lime and serve.
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