If a classic gin and tonic is sometimes too boring for you and you are looking for exciting new G&T compositions, give this concoction a go. This cocktail comes with crunchy strawberries, hot ginger and fresh basil. The highlight is the balsamic syrup float, which you casually pour into the finished mix in front of your guests. This not only looks really fancy but also gives your drink a whole new taste and complexity.
In the bar vernacular, a “float” is the “stacking” of spirits with different alcohol contents or densities. The Dark and Stormy rum cocktail is a nice example of stacking. So some drinks in bars have multiple layers in the glass. Floating does not necessarily have to be delimited in layers. Your freshly boiled balsamic syrup flows into the glass in a beautiful spectacle when you slowly pour it circularly into your gin and tonic.
For a more intense version, first add the strawberry, ginger and balsamic syrup to the glass and use a pestle to mash up all the components into a paste. Then add gin, lemon juice and tonic.
Gin and Tonic with Strawberries and Balsamic Float
- Ice cubes
- Jigger (measuring cup)
- 1 tumbler
- 60 ml London Dry Gin
- 200 ml mild tonic water
- 1 ripe strawberry
- 2 cm ginger
- 25 ml balsamic vinegar
- 25 g sugar
- 1/8 lemon juice
- 1/4 bunch basil
- Put the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir continuously. Add lemon juice and keep aside to cool down.
- Put the gin in the glass and fill with ice to the brim.
- Cut ginger and strawberries lengthways into thin strips and stick to the inside of the glass rim.
- Pour in tonic water. Place the basil in the hole hand and clap it once with the flat hand to release the essential oils.
- Stir the gin and tonic twice with a spoon handle. Put the ginger and basil in the glass at the top.
- Slowly pour the balsamic syrup into the glass from above and stir 4 times with a spoon handle.
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