As reliable as the esteemed gin and tonic may be, there’s always room for improvement. The formula of gin (G) + tonic (T) = G&T can be boosted in exciting new ways – simply by adding freshly chopped strawberries, for instance. But it doesn’t stop there.

Where your experimentation ends is really up to you. “It depends on the gin drinker – some people love that bitter taste and others want something that’s sweeter,” says Josh Solano, senior venue manager at The Royal Hotel.

A great fruit-driven twist on the G&T, is to use a rosehip and rhubarb shrub (otherwise known as drinking vinegar). There are plenty of easy recipes for making it online, so don’t worry if you’re not familiar – but basically, you mash up some rosehip, rhubarb, sugar and vinegar and let it sit at room temperature for a week.

Solano says that adding peach bitters to your gin and Cascade Tonic Water, elevates each classic component. “Adding something like peach bitters really takes gin to the next level,” he says. “A familiar experience with an added cherry on top.”

Fruity G&T
Makes one serve. Approx. 1.6 standard drinks.

50ml gin
10ml rosehip and rhubarb shrub
Dash of peach bitters
Cascade Tonic Water

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the gin, shrub and bitters. Top with tonic and stir.

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