When life hands you lemons – make a gin and tonic. There’s no tipple in the world more refreshing on a hot, summer’s day.

Personally, I like my gin and tonic with  cucumber, as well as, the lemon. It adds a hint of freshness and since we’re off to Blighty soon, I feel it’s a suitably English way to go.

My go-to gin is generally London or Bombay Sapphire. The gin purists may not agree with the latter, but I just adore that elegant bottle in its cool shades of blue.

Now, I’m not advocating that you should always bling up us your gin and tonic, because sometimes classic old-school with ice and a slice is exactly what you need.

However, if you feel like showing-off impressing friends it can be fun to infuse your booze.

The gin and tonic yumminess can be subtly enhanced with a sprig herbs, or slice of fruit. And an added bonus is that it will look sexy, gorgeous too.

Peach and rosemary gin & tonic

This is a lovely summery drink – juicy, fresh peaches for sweetness and a sprig of rosemary adds a zingy smell of fresh pine as you sup.

It’s important you make sure your peaches are super ripe, otherwise they will lack flavour. I like yellow-flesh peaches, but the white ones will do quite nicely too.

A short glass, as opposed to the traditional high-ball, will help ensure all those delicious aromas quickly assault your nostrils. For added smugness, you could freeze rosemary inside your ice cubes.

  • 1 part gin (if you feel like a double measure, that’s totally dandy)
  • 2 parts tonic
  • Half a dozen ice cubes
  • Half a peach sliced
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Lime, or lemon, for that citrus tang.

Throw all the ingredients into a class, whirl it all round with a stirrer and top with your rosemary garnish. Once you’re finished, there’s the added bonus of those delicious boozy, gin-infused peach slices at the bottom of your glass.

It has been said that rosemary works as a memory booster which might helpfully counter the brain-numbing effect of the gin after one too many. (Of course this won’t actually work,but it’s a nice thought, no?).

What’s your favourite gin with a spin? Or do you prefer the classic ice and a slice?