The Limongino, a gin based cocktail with lime and fresh herbs

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.

Ingredients
Golden caster sugar
Fresh thyme
Fresh mint
Fresh lime juice
Gin
Cointreau
Tonic water or soda

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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