Sweet orange and floral thyme, give this Gin and Tonic a beautiful fruity freshness. Perfect for a September night. Try this with a Plymouth gin to accentuate the slight sweetness and earthy flavour.
Friday afternoon again and time for our weekly G&T.
The Facebook fans have spoken and this week I have an Orange and Thyme Gin and Tonic for you. I do so love testing two G&T's out on a Thursday 😀
And what a gin and tonic it is! This is perfect for those late summer evenings when oranges are at their sweetest and the sun set is perfect. Although they are also great for those short winter evenings when the fire is roaring and all you can do is sit back and dream of summer 😉
This Orange and Thyme Gin and Tonic is an all year round drink 😀
Thyme in a Gin and Tonic?
Thyme is a fabulous flavour to add to gin, it brings out all the floral notes and botanicals in the gin.
Try to get super fresh thyme so the leaves don't crumble into your G&T. You want the bright green leaves to stay on the stem if possible. It just makes it easier to get the flavor without ending up with bits in your drink!
If you only have dried thyme you can still give this a try but don't skip the straining stage, as dried thyme can be a bit woody. And no one wants to choke on their G&T!.
How to put orange in a gin and tonic
I didn't want too much orange flavor in this (Save that for the gin and orange cocktails) here we want the hint of orange to pull out the fruity flavours of the gin.
So we just want to use the zest, it has wonderful aromatic orange flavors and also looks so pretty!
Give the gin a shake with a strip of orange zest or two and then garnish with a second/third strip. If you like more orange than add a thick orange wedge to your glass.
Make sure when you cut off the zest you do it over the glass, the oils that spray off will lightly coat the glass and give the G&T an extra zest.
Also when cutting off the zest try to get as little of the white pith as possible, this is biter and doesn't taste of orange.
For more delicious Gin and Tonics Try:
- Charred Lemon and Rosemary Gin and Tonic
- Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin and Tonic
- Charred Lime and Cilantro Gin and Tonic
- Mango and Black Pepper Gin and Tonic
- Blueberry and Mint Gin and Tonic
- Orange, Star Anise and Ginger Gin and Tonic
- Lemon and Basil Gin and Tonic
- Charred Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic
And what about some snacks to go with your gin and tonic?
- Put together a Relish Tray for nibbling
- Posh Party Hummus
- Baked Paprika Meatballs
- Vegetarian Mexican Pinwheel
- Pea Bruschetta
- Easy Smoked Salmon Appetizers
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Orange and Thyme Gin and Tonic
- ½ cup gin
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme see notes
- 1 orange
- 1 cup ice
- 1 ⅓ cups tonic water
- Pour the gin, ice, a long strip of orange zest and 2 of the thyme sprigs into a cocktail shaker or jug.
- Shake or muddle the the gin to release the oils from the orange and thyme.
- Strain the infused gin into round bottom glasses.
- Top up with chilled tonic water and add a new strip of zest and fresh thyme sprig.