My new acquired cocktail book ‘Zen and Tonic’ by Jules Aron is perfect if you are looking for bright, fresh cocktails. Jules has created a really exciting range of drinks with wholesome ingredients such as goji berries, kale, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables that will boost your immune system and have positive health benefits, which can only be a good thing when you are indulging in a gin or two!
Strawberries are the fruit I still associate with summer, in spite of living in a country where mangoes are the summer fruit. Growing up in England we would make regular trips to the strawberry fields to pick our own, but far more warm berries were gorged on before they even made the punnet. Jules’ cocktail The Summer Thyme is a beautiful combination of strawberry, thyme, lemon and gin and is as gorgeous to look at as it is to drink. I can imagine making a jug or two of this for a picnic or a day at the beach.
Ingredients for a Summer Thyme
20g fresh strawberries
3 sprigs of thyme
10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
75ml Beefeater London Garden gin
Muddle the strawberries, lemon juice and two of the thyme sprigs together in a shaker, or alternatively put them in a blender (which is what I did). Add ice to the shaker, add the gin and juice and shake until well chilled.
Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the other sprig of thyme.