Like a little gin with your campfire? Spice up your nights under canvas with these 3 twists on the classic G&T, perfect for winding down and cooling off after a day of exploring the wilderness.
Remember that glass bottles are heavy, so decanting your gin into a flask or reusable bottle before you leave home will ensure a lighter load. It is assumed in this article that ice is not available on a camping trip, but if you have it, then all the better!
Cucumber & Rosemary G&T
3 sprigs of rosemary
2oz of your favourite gin (or however much your campfire shot is)
4oz of good tonic
Peel a half of a cucumber and slice your lime into eight wedges. In a cup or mug (’cause come on, who takes real glasses camping with them?), 1 sprig of rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and half of the gin. Mush together with the back of a spoon and strain through a sieve or strainer if you have one with you, into another cup or mug.
Add three slices of unpeeled cucumber, top with the remaining gin and tonic, and garnish with the rest of the rosemary. Voila!
Fresh Peach G&T
4oz tonic water
1 lime, freshly squeezed
1/2 lime for garnish
Fill a mug or cup with some peach wedges and pour in your gin and tonic. Next, add your lime juice and stir together and everything is mixed. Run your remaining lime wedge around the outside of your cup and stick on the rim for garnish. Don’t forget to eat the peaches!
The GBC (Gin, Basil, Cucumber)
3 cucumber slices
2 basil leaves
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 lime, squeezed
Roll the two basil leaves together and slice them into smaller pieces. Add the sugar and gin to your cup and mix until the sugar has completely dissolved. Next, add two slices of cucumber along with the basil leaves and muddle 5-10 times. After this, add your lime juice and tonic, and a slice of cucumber on the side for garnish. Perfect summer gin cocktail!
Need more summer cocktail ideas? Head on over to thebar.com for more ideas on how to enjoy your favourite spirits! And remember, just because you’re sleeping in a tent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your cocktail shaker with you!