Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday Cocktail: The Sun and Tonic (PLUS our first VIDEO guide!)

It's way too hot to be making fancy cocktails.

I'm sleepy, I'm a bit sweaty, and I'm physically weighed down by all the suncream I'm wearing. I still want something ice cold, super tasty and pretty enough to show off at summer barbecues, but I definitely don't want to be jumping up and down with cocktail shakers or trying to make the perfect lemon rind twist.

The classic gin and tonic is great - thirst-quenching, effortless and beautifully dry (meaning I can enjoy more than one without feeling like my teeth are going to fall out.) But it's still not quite perfect for the summer, when you're in a garden full of colourful, aromatic blooms and basking in the sun's glow.

With all this in mind, last week I put my own twist on the classic gin and tonic - and turned it into the Sun and Tonic!

Summery, fresh and packed FULL of beautiful flavours, it looks AMAZING and you can make one quicker than the time it takes to change into yet another one of those 480 bikinis you own.

So let me tell you how to make it... or rather, let me SHOW you!

Because this week, I made Vinspire's first ever cocktail how-to video! Eeeee, I'm so excited! I was inspired by Jamie Oliver's DrinksTube 'Search for a Cocktail Star' - and (even though I feel nervous just admitting it) this is my actually my entry into the competition! How terrifying!

The video is nothing fancy, just me being filmed on my iPhone (thanks, Sam!) and showing you how easy the Sun and Tonic is - no clever camera work, stunning on-screen graphics or well-rehearsed script - but I really hope you like it and find it useful. Please do let me know what you think, and I'd love it if you'd share it with any G&T-loving friends. And if you'd like to see more - subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you'd rather just read the recipe - it's written below the video.

Sun and Tonic Cocktail recipe (serves one)

The Ice: Fill a muffin tray with water to make wide, cylindrical ice cubes - they melt slower and look really sleek. To be extra fancy, pop in some edible flowers (give them a good wash first to rid them of bugs!)

The Glass: It needs to be wide enough to fit the giant ice cubes in, and make sure it's ice cold too - pop it in the freezer for a few minutes or swirl some small ice cubes around in it.


  • 50ml gin (I used an aromatic one, like Warner Edwards or Blackwoods)
  • 100ml tonic water
  • 25ml elderflower liqueur
  • 15ml grapefruit juice
  • 2-3 drops orange blossom water
  • A slice of grapefruit, to garnish
  • A yellow straw


1. Pop your ice cubes in your ice cold glass.
2. Pour over the gin followed by the tonic.
3. Add the elderflower liqueur, a healthy squeeze of grapefruit juice and 2-3 drops of orange blossom water.
4. Stir it all together.
5. Take half a slice of grapefruit, and at the centre of the straight side of the slice, snip upwards by 2cm or so, which makes a gap big enough to fit onto the rim of the glass. Add a summery straw, and you're ready to laze in the garden with good friends and good conversation.

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