Friday, August 14, 2015

Au Naturel Gin and Juice

The weekend is upon us friends, and despite the short week, I am as relieved as ever!
Being the weekend, I'm sure one or two of you have intentions of kicking back with an alcoholic beverage of sorts.

I have been known to enjoy the odd G&T – Who am I kidding, we have a very special relationship. So I was quite excited when I discovered this recipe for an All Natural Gin and Tonic, on Minimalist Baker  .

What could make these delicious fermented juniper berries combined with something that has the word water in it, more natural, you may ask. Well it turns out that tonic water has a couple of sneaky ingredients which are not necessarily that healthy for you. I also enjoy the idea of knowing exactly what ingredients are in my drink of choice.

Now we could argue about the benefits of quinine or even about the detrimental effects of alcohol, although gin was once a herbal medicine too…Or you could just try this recipe and enjoy a little something different.


Serves: 1


2-3 kumquats (or other citrus*), thinly sliced
1-2 Tbsp sweetener (such as agave nectar, maple syrup, cane sugar, or honey if not vegan)
2 ounces (4 Tbsp) dry gin
2-3 ounces (4-6 Tbsp) unflavored sparkling or soda water


Add kumquats, sweetener and 1/2 ounce gin to a serving glass and muddle to break down sweetener and release citrus juices. Add remaining gin and stir well to combine.

If you’re not into citrus pulp/skin, scoop out or strain the kumquats from the drink. 

Add ice and top off with sparkling water to achieve desired strength of drink. Add 2-3 ounces for a stronger drink, and 3-5 ounces for a weaker drink.

Taste and adjust sweetness and strength as needed. Optional: Garnish with additional kumquat slices. Serve.


*If subbing lime for kumquats, add 1/2 lime, juiced to the cocktail when sweetening. Then slice the other half for garnish.

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Have a fabulous weekend friends!

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