Now here’s something I want to know. Why are there not more hot drinks? I know there are lots of hot drinks, of the chamomile tea (which I do genuinely believe is actually lawn clippings) variety. What I mean is hot drink drinks. It would solve all of the we’ve-met-up-for-a-drink-and-it’s-freezing-so-we-really-just-want-a-cup-of-tea dilemmas, that happening at an alarming frequency as the winter gets colder. When I saw this mix mentioned in a newspaper yesterday, I knew I had to try it. It really is beautiful, I think far nicer than the conventional gin and tonic. It is warm and yummy, and tastes good no matter how weak (if you’re a light drinker like me) you want to make it. Not only that, but the lemon is good for a winter sore throat.
I haven’t included quantities here, as they will vary so much depending on what you like. I used about a half inch worth of gin, half a lemon and two tablespoons of sugar for mine. I’d recommend adding the gin, lemon and sugar in modest portions, then tasting and adjusting. I can imagine these going down well at any informal dinner, supper etc.
Hot Gin and Lemon
Gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire
Pour gin, white sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice into a mug. Add boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves and the flavours are mixed. Taste, and adjust.