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Rose and raspberry gin

So Summer has finally arrived, or so I thought yesterday. Burnt arms and neck led me to believe that it was going to stay hot and sunny. And with it that feeling of longing to be sitting in the garden sipping a cooling drink. Today slathered in my factor 50, I wished for my thermals to be on once more - it was bloody freezing (June, you'd better improve). Tomorrow I believe it's to be warmer and less windy so fingers crossed I can be out in my little courtyard garden, sitting at my table with one of these in my hand - rose and raspberry gin. 

It's all about the gin these days for me.  Is that an age thing? Gin and tonics never were a drink I would ever have considered a couple of years back, but now it's something I love. Although it has to be good gin - not the cheap nasty stuff. And paired with FeverTree tonic water.  For this little flavour combination, it's best to make it early in the day and leave it to infuse for several hours before drinking. 

Ingredients:

100ml good quality gin (I used Sipsmiths)

1 punnet fresh raspberries (mash in a bowl)

3 tablespoons caster sugar

2 freshly squeezed limes

1 teaspoon rosewater (I love this flavour, so I like to let it shine in the mix, but you may want less if you are not so keen)

Tonic water

Method:

Mash the raspberries in a bowl, add the sugar, the freshly squeezed limes and the rosewater. Stir together. Pour over the gin and leave to infuse for as long as you can. When you are ready to serve, strain the mix, pour into glasses, add ice and top with tonic water. Then go sit in the sunshine and enjoy! x