The Autumn Gin & Tonic is a seasonal twist on the classic G&T. A splash of pear liqueur & a touch of Crème de mûre team up with fresh blackberries and apple to create a deep, blushing G&T drink. A dusting of cinnamon adds a warming aroma to complete the autumnal mood.
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If you've been following along for some time, it will come as no surprise to hear that I've dreamed up a fitting Gin and Tonic drink for autumn. I have, after all, been working on a mini-series of G&Ts - one for each season. Albeit slowly. It's almost a year since the first - the Winter Gin & Tonic - was published, so I'm both pleased and sad to be adding the final chapter to this collection.
To be honest, I'm struggling to commit to the end of the series. I'm like ER or Twin Peaks - I can keep on spinning out new G&T storylines just as long as I have an appreciative audience. Already, I'm toying with the idea of adding a Christmas Special to my collection, but we'll see how that pans out. For now, let's get down to this Autumn Gin & Tonic. The falling leaves, conkers and occasional frosty mornings are all telling me that autumn is most definitely here.
The hedgerows around me are usually teeming with ripe berries throughout September and well into October, Blackberries in particular. So I've made them the star of the show in my Autumn Gin & Tonic.
The base of this G&T comprises both fresh blackberries and blackberry liqueur. This vibrant berry really does take centre stage in this drink, and not just in flavour. A few crushed berries add a suitably deep, blushing hue to the glass.
To boost the flavour profile of this Autumn Gin & Tonic, I've incorporated a hint of pear and apple, using Poire William and fresh apple juice. These flavours are mild. They are there to enhance the brambly, hedgerow flavours of the blackberries rather than brazenly announcing their presence.
The result of all this meddling to the classic G&T is a robust drink with a pretty, comforting flush of colour. Yes, it's fruity, but not in an overpowering way. It is still a G&T. And the crowning glory is a slice of semi-dried apple lightly dusted with cinnamon. The barely-there perfume of spice embeds this drink firmly into autumn territory.
My one tip is the take the time to strain the liquid through coffee or tea filter paper - the drink will have so much more clarity and look much more appealing then if it is just passed through a sieve.
So now the Autumn Gin & Tonic is ready, the series (to date) is complete... sob. Take a peek at the rest of the series if you missed them before:
- Winter Gin & Tonic with Elderflower & Sloe (award-winning)
- Spring Gin & Tonic with Passionfruit & Pineapple
- Summer Gin & Tonic with Elderflower & Lemon
Happy slurping through the seasons.... watch this space.
The Autumn Gin & Tonic with Blackberry & Apple
For the Garnish
- 1 slice fresh apple (1-2mm thick)
- 2.5 ml/ ½ tsp honey
- 5 ml/ 1 tsp Just boiled water
- 2 Fresh blackberries
- Ground cinnamon
For the Autumn Gin & Tonic
- 2 Fresh blackberries
- 40 ml London Dry Gin (preferably spicy)
- 1 teaspoon Poire William
- 1½ teaspoons Creme de Mure or similar blackberry liqueur
- 2 teaspoons Apple juice (cloudy)
- 120 ml/ ½ cup Tonic water
- Dissolve the honey in the water and brush over both sides of the apple
- Lay the apple slice on a baking tin covered in baking parchment and let cook for 45 minutes at 150C/ 300F/ GM2 for 45 minutes
- Let cool completely
Make the Autumn Gin & Tonic
- Put the blackberries into a mixing glass or jug with the gin, Poire William, Creme de Mure and apple juice. Crush the berries with a cocktail muddler or the end of a rolling pin
- Pass the liquid through coffee/ tea filter paper and pour into a serving glass filled with ice (see notes)
- Top with tonic water and garnish with the blackberries, sliced apple and a light dusting of ground cinnamon
- Serve immediately