This Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic is something special! The flavours are so perfectly balanced and it makes a very beautiful start to the evening/afternoon. Well to any occasion!!! Have one at lunch time I won’t judge just pour me one too!!!
You know when I said I was addicted to charred lemons!!!
You don’t remember? It is over here in my roasted summer squash post.
Well I meant it!
And do you know what?
I’m not sorry.
Not sorry at all.
Because this addiction is completely okay. I mean lemons are packed with vitamin C, so it is a healthy addiction!! See what I did there 😉
Anyway back to this amazing Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic!!!!!
The gin is lightly muddled with fresh rosemary and coriander seeds, which enhances the wonderful botanical flavours in the gin.
Coriander seed is actually used in the preparation of many gins, so it does work so wonderfully in this drink! I also love coriander seeds!!! The flavour is so savoury and warming!!! So that makes it wonderful too 😉
Did you know that coriander seed has a narcotic effect???
Yup!!! You read that right!
In fact the narcotic affects have earnt coriander seed the nickname ‘dizzycorn’. So if you have one too many of these G&T’s then blame the headache on the coriander seed 😉
Oh man I love those charred lemons!!!!!
So we have gin muddled with rosemary and coriander seed. Then we add the charred lemon. The sweet, sour and caramelised flavour of charred lemon!!! Honestly the flavour of lemons that have been blackened is amazing. I cannot say it often enough. If you haven’t charred a lemon yet, get out your cast iron skilled (or heavy non stick fry pan) and get some lemons charring. You will thank me!!!
In fact you may cry with gratitude 😉 Yup they really are that good!!
Watch the bubbles fizz in this great herbal take on a classic Gin & Tonic.
The choice of tonic water is up to you, there are so many wonderful brands out there. I also should add that I have made this with supermarket own brand diet tonic water and I loved it just as much!!!
And as for the gin! A great easy to find option is Tanqueray London Dry which has the great dry herbaceous flavour that works fabulously here. But my personal favourite is Hippocampus Gin, which is a small batch gin made locally to me in West Perth. It has the great flavour of juniper and coriander and it is totally perfect in this Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic
Opps I drank a bit of this Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic before I finished shooting!!
But don’t let the brand of gin or tonic stop you making, open your drinks cupboard find the gin in there and make this Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic today.
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This Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin & Tonic is something special! The flavours are so perfectly balanced and it makes a very beautiful start to the evening
- 1 lemon
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1/2 tsp coriander seed
- 125 ml /4oz/1/2 cup gin
- 1 cup ice
- 330 ml /11oz/1 1/3 cups tonic water
- pinch mixed peppercorns
Put a cast iron fry pan or heavy non-stick pan over a high heat and allow it to get hot.
Cut the lemon into quarters and place them cut side down in the hot pan. Once the lemon is charred turn to char the other cut edge.
Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
put the rosemary, coriander seeds and gin into a cocktail shaker or measuring jug.
Use a wooden spoon to lightly bash the aromatics.
Divide the ice between two large round bottomed glasses.
Strain the gin into your glasses.
Top up with tonic water, stir briefly and add in your charred lemon quarters.
Serve immediately with a small pinch of whole peppercorns.