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Fiona Beckett’s Not G&T

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  • Time preparation 10 minutes, plus cooling time
  • cook time 15 minutes
  • Serve Serves 1

"Although I love a G&T, I’m convinced that many of the things that make it so appealing – the tonic, the ice, the garnish, the glass – can be replicated in an alcohol-free drink. So much of a drink is about presentation"

Recipe taken from: How To Drink Without Drinking by Fiona Beckett (£20, Kyle)
  • 4–5 ice cubes
  • 2 slices each of orange and lemon
  • 2–3 juniper berries
  • 75ml (5 tablespoons) Juniper Syrup (see below)
  • Tonic water (I like Fever-Tree Naturally Light), to top up
  • FOR THE JUNIPER SYRUP (MAKES 450ML)
  • 400g granulated or caster sugar
  • 475ml water
  • 15 juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • Finely pared rind of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • Finely pared rind of 1 unwaxed lime

To make the juniper syrup, put the sugar in a saucepan and add the measured water. Heat over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Add the juniper berries and citrus rinds and bring up to just below boiling point, then simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to cool.

Strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a wide-necked jug or bowl. Pour through a funnel into a sterilized bottle or jar, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To make the NG&T, add the ice to a large glass, followed by the slices of orange and lemon and juniper berries, then pour in the juniper syrup. Top up with tonic water and serve.

Tip: You can buy juniper-flavoured spirit substitutes online instead of making juniper syrup, if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 4–5 ice cubes
  • 2 slices each of orange and lemon
  • 2–3 juniper berries
  • 75ml (5 tablespoons) Juniper Syrup (see below)
  • Tonic water (I like Fever-Tree Naturally Light), to top up
  • FOR THE JUNIPER SYRUP (MAKES 450ML)
  • 400g granulated or caster sugar
  • 475ml water
  • 15 juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • Finely pared rind of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • Finely pared rind of 1 unwaxed lime

Method

To make the juniper syrup, put the sugar in a saucepan and add the measured water. Heat over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Add the juniper berries and citrus rinds and bring up to just below boiling point, then simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to cool.

Strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a wide-necked jug or bowl. Pour through a funnel into a sterilized bottle or jar, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To make the NG&T, add the ice to a large glass, followed by the slices of orange and lemon and juniper berries, then pour in the juniper syrup. Top up with tonic water and serve.

Tip: You can buy juniper-flavoured spirit substitutes online instead of making juniper syrup, if you prefer.

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