I don’t like gin. I love the idea of gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day but it’s just one of those flavours I can’t attune to. The image of a sparkling cut glass with clear, fizzing liquid, a slice of lemon and bags of ice is the epitome of Englishness and I wish I could join in.
As I was growing up in the North East I literally knew no-one who drank it. This could be due to the economy of the area, the Scottish immigrant influence which meant whisky was the short of choice, or simply that the sun never shone…I don’t know.
At various points I’ve had a gin and tonic because I’ve just liked the idea of one. I’ve always been disappointed and switched to something else.
I was at a dinner party this weekend and discovered a new way with gin that I really like. A slice of pink grapefruit and some torn basil leaves later and I think I am converted. The sweetness of the grapefruit just takes the edge off the gin and the basil adds a lovely fragrance. Given the flavours I think it makes an even better summer drink too.
However,mum writing this at Christmas time and so it makes a fun seasonal drink too. Chin chin!