Beat The Heat With This It’s Gin O'Clock Recipe For Busy Mums
by Mona Fe on Nov 03, 2022
Juggling multiple responsibilities, running around on the fly, getting things done, picking up, dropping off, cooking, and cleaning - it’s no mystery why being a mum can be stressful. And if there's anything we are certain of when it comes to the routines of busy parents like you, there hasn't been a single day when you didn't feel that way.
And you know what? We totally get you! We have these conversations around the WMBT HQ all the time.
After a long, hard day at the office or at home with the littles, you deserve a special treat after feeding the fam and settling everyone in for the night. But who has the energy to face a time-consuming recipe? You just want a quick fix that is tasty and will help you relax. That's why we are sharing with you this classic G&T recipe that's easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Because guess what, It’s Gin O’Clock!
With just four ingredients, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail at home in no time!
What Makes A Gin & Tonic Timeless?
A gin & tonic blend is a classic cocktail made from gin, tonic water, and ice. It's often garnished with a slice of lime or lemon and served in a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Easy peasy, right? It is the go-to beverage for cooling off during warm weather, as it packs a powerful zesty kick along with a tempting bittersweet taste. With a few tweaks, you can also transition this drink from summer to winter by adding a sprig of rosemary or basil & strawberries for a delicious, festive twist.
Not a fan of alcoholic drinks or gin cocktails in general? You can enjoy this recipe with the whole family, bigger kids included, by simply swapping out the gin with your kid’s favourite soda! Simply get your frosty glasses out, add two parts soda and one part tonic water, and sprinkle a generous amount of your chosen fruit-and-herb combo.
But that’s not all! Who said that the drink had to look that serious? Define your drink’s character by throwing in some cute, iced Mini Poddies from WMBT. These silicone moulds for cute animals will surprise your family and make any drink look like it was made by a professional! And the best part? These silicone freezer trays are practical and can be used for whipping up other recipes!
5 Refreshing Twists For Your Classic Gin & Tonic
There isn’t anything more refreshing than a classic gin & tonic, but sometimes you just need to take a shot of something new to keep things fresh. Right, mums?
That’s why we created these twists on the original recipe to spruce up this amazing drink. They all use fresh ingredients and are simple to make at home - no bartender required!
- Grapefruit Power Gin & Tonic: Your drink doesn't always have to look bland! Get a glass of bright and refreshing grapefruit juice, mix it with your favourite gin and tonic water, and then top it off with mint and a grapefruit wedge. You can take it up a notch by adding a sweet floral note with a pump of elderflower syrup.
- Loca Over Java: Level up the taste of your gin by adding a smoky flavour to the mix by combining gin, tonic, and your preferred brand of coffee liqueur. Stir gently and garnish with cocoa nibs and coffee grinds for an extra layer of flavour! Feeling extra fancy? Serve your tasty drink with the WMBT Bendie Straws!
- Seriously Berry G&T: Create a decadent beverage by making a batch complete with cranberry syrup, sprigs of thyme, gin, tonic, and a wedge of lemon. Garnish the glass with fresh cranberries and mint leaves for an herbal spin.
- Acai Berry G&T: Prepare a delicious purple-ish drink by mixing acai powder, lime juice, tonic water, and a splash of gin. Make the drink extra special by adding fresh berries and mint leaves. This is a perfect cocktail for summer, as it’s light and refreshing without the over-the-top sweetness!
- Berrylicious Elixr: Concoct a delish glass by throwing in strawberries, freshly ground black pepper, a dash of cinnamon, and your favourite gin and tonic. Garnish with more strawberries and a zest of lime for a total burst of real fruit goodness in every sip!
So are you ready to wind down in the evening with a refreshing drink in hand? If yes, follow this simple recipe below to start making your first two glasses. Can't get enough of it? Then we highly advise that you mix up a big batch instead so that you can pour yourself a glass whenever you want!
And guess what, mums, if you like this recipe, you will enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s soon-to-be-released booklet, "Drinks for Mum". There you’ll find a range of recipes – from hearty hot chocolate to a power smoothie to an ice-cold gin and tonic. It’s always a great idea to have season-spanning, all-occasion beverages on standby! So be sure to check that one out, too.
Makes 2 Glasses of G & T’s | Prep 10 minutes
- 6 iced Mini Poddies or 6 ice cubes
- 2 tbsp gin of choice
- 200 ml (1 can) tonic water
- 2 slices of lemon
Place 3 iced Mini Poddies and 1 tbsp of gin into each glass.
Divide the tonic water evenly between the two glasses, then mix.
Add a slice of lemon to each, then serve immediately with your favourite We Might Be Tiny Bendie Straw.
Final Tips For Preparing Your Gin O’Clock
Want to make the best version yet? Take note of these tips below that we sourced from professionals.
- Adding a hint of citrus is a tradition for creating a classic G&T. Before you drop it as a garnish and serve it as it is, you can squeeze it into the drink or run it around the rim of the glass.
- No fresh lemons or limes left in the pantry? To get that unique sweet and tangy flavour, you can substitute lime cordial,lemon juice, or lemon puree.
- This drink doesn’t always have to taste dry! Upgrade the taste by experimenting with different syrups, liqueur, and fresh juices for a more flavourful treat.
- Never shake the tonic water before mixing it into the drink! Doing so will break the bubbles, causing it to lose its fizz or refreshing character.
- Keep in mind that most brands of gin have different flavours, so give them all a try until you find the right one! Who knows… trying out a new brand might just give an entirely new experience!
- If you’re not a fan of gin, you can change up the recipe by using vodka or soda.
- Infuse extra flavour by adding your favourite herbs and fresh fruits.
So, the next time you catch yourself thinking you deserve a little break from the little monsters, remember that there might be no better way to relax than by curling up with a good book and a G&T cocktail! So are you excited to mix and create the next best cocktail? Make It’s Gin O’Clock your essential guide and experiment with different combinations to find your perfect blend.
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