Inspired by our gorgeous herb garden ideas post, we decided to use some fresh herbs to rustle up the perfect cocktail to enjoy at home. It’s a bit of a mash up of a margarita and a gin rickey, and we reckon it’s got that perfect mix of sweet and sour, with a healthy kick of alcohol. We’ve nicknamed it a “marginita”, and it’s super easy to knock up at home – perfect for a sunny evening.
Golden caster sugar
Fresh lime juice
Tonic water or soda
- Make a syrup by putting 1 cup water and 1 cup golden caster sugar (you could use regular caster, but we love the warm taste of golden) in a small saucepan, together with a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme and a few fresh mint leaves. Heat gently until it boils, then turn down and simmer for five minutes. Leave to cool.
- Put some ice in a cocktail shaker (use a flask or water bottle if you don’t have a shaker), and add 2 measures gin, 1 measure cointreau, 1 measure fresh lime juice, 1 measure syrup and a sprig of thyme. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into your glass through a sieve, top with tonic water or soda (ginger beer would also work well), and garnish with some fresh thyme and mint leaves.
For a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail, try swapping out the gin and cointreau for Seedlip (or an alternative alchohol-free gin) and orange juice, and you’ll get a super-refreshing mocktail instead.