Cocktail of the week: Clove Kiss gin and tonic

Date:30-11-2013 08:58:32 read:3

Cocktail of the week: Clove Kiss gin and tonic

The event designer Fiona Leahy adds a festive blood orange and clove twist to a classic gin and tonic recipe

Gin and tonic with cloves and blood oranges 

Fiona Leahy is one of 10 designers, chefs and artists giving their take on Bombay Sapphire's classic gin and tonic as part of The Ultimate Gin & Tonic Project, a new website celebrating gin and its growing popularity. A recent report revealed that sales of the spirit are growing at a rate of 12 per cent in the UK in bars and restaurants, and by 5 per cent in off-licences and -supermarkets. Join the trend with this wintry recipe below.

Makes a 70cl bottleful.


70cl bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin

2 blood oranges

15 cloves

1 green cardamom pod

2 tsps caster sugar

Tonic water

Method for infusion:

Take a bottle of Bombay Sapphire and pour out 50 mls. Replace with 35 mls of fresh blood orange juice (about two thirds of the juice of one orange), 8 large peels from the skin of the orange and 10 of the cloves (adjust to taste and quality). Replace the cap, shake well and place in the fridge for 24 hours to infuse.

Method for flavoured sugar:

Take the seeds from one green cardamom pod and place in a pestle and mortar. Crush well with the pestle until a powder is formed then add a couple of teaspoons of caster sugar. Mix well with a teaspoon. Reserve to one side on a saucer.

Method for drink:

Take a chilled Bombay Sapphire balloon glass. Wipe some blood orange juice on the rim of the glass. Then turn the glass upside down and roll the rim around the saucer of cardamom infused caster sugar until it is fully covered. Shake off any excess. Fill the glass with good quality cubed ice being careful not to knock the sugar off. Pour in 50 mls of the blood orange and clove-infused Bombay Sapphire. Stir briefly. Top the glass with 100 mls of premium tonic water and stir briefly. Finally, cut a wheel from your second blood orange and stud it with the remaining five cloves to add to the top of the glass.

Recipe books featuring all the other gin and tonic recipes from the project will be available to customers of Selfridges Wine Shop on December 10 and 11 alongside a complimentary bottle engraving service.

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