The Spring Gin & Tonic is a twist on the classic G&T. Passionfruit, pineapple, lime and a dash of elderflower liqueur team up with gin & tonic to create a drink with a vibrant hue and a tropical, fruity bite.
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Promises, promises! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll recently have discovered that I break my promises rather too easily. Only yesterday I was pledging to write up a savoury pie recipe tonight and I really was looking forward to sharing that recipe. But today I took the photos for my Spring Gin & tonic and realised how wrong it would be for me to deprive you of a gloriously colourful, fruity and easy cocktail when we have the Easter Bank Holiday weekend coming up.
See, I only break my promises when there’s good reason. Sorry pie.
I’ve been looking forward to creating a Spring Gin & Tonic for a while. My Winter Gin & Tonic proved popular, and even won an award, so that spurred my mind on to come up with a mini-series of Gin & Tonics. Yes, you can expect summer and autumn versions to appear later this year too. What can I say? It’s a slowly evolving mini-series.
But for now, let’s turn our attention to spring. It’s been a long time coming. If I had to pick one item to represent spring it would be daffodils. Those cheery, brazen little scamps that are everywhere across Britain in March & April. So, it’s little wonder that I’ve come up with an equally bold yellow drink as my Spring Gin & Tonic.
Daffodils might be prolific in Britain in the spring, but this drink is anything but typically British. I might have borrowed the yellow theme, but that is where the similarities end. Inside of each glass nestles a bunch of tropical fruity flavours. Fresh passionfruit and pineapple offer up deliciously tart and floral scents & flavours. A squeeze of lime enhances the zesty nature of the passionfruit and a dash of Elderflower liqueur heightens the flowery undertones that these tropical fruits serve up.
Okay, I suppose that, technically, elderflower is one more tick in the British box. But this Spring Gin & Tonic is mainly about tropical, floral notes mixed up with G&T. It needs a warm spring day and a sunny spot on the patio in the afternoon (sigh).
If you love gin and tonic the take a look at my full collection of Gin and Tonic recipes. There’s definitely something for all seasons. And if passionfruit is your jam take a look at my passionfruit martini – it’s bright, bold, zesty and beautiful.
Spring Gin & Tonic with Passionfruit & Pineapple
- 1 Passionfruit
- 1 Slice fresh pineapple (1cm thick)
- 1 Wedge lime (⅛th of a lime)
- 40ml / 1 part Gin (Floral if you have one)
- 10ml / ¼ part Elderflower liqueur
- 120ml / 3 parts Tonic Water (Elderflower if you can get it) Add more/ less to suit your tastes
- Pineapple chunks (for garnish) Optional
- Remove the skin and centre from the pineapple, roughly chop the flesh and drop it into a jug
- Pour in the gin then blitz with a stickblender until the pineapple has broken down
- Strain the liquid through a fine meshed sieve, using a small metal spoon to turn the fruit around and keep the juice flowing out. When drained, discard the fruit pulp
- Add the seeds and flesh from the passionfruit to the liquid and stir well
- Fill a Copa glass with ice and pour in the elderflower liqueur
- Strain the fruity gin over the ice and squeeze the lime wedge over the glass, dropping it in at the end. Add a few of the passionfruit seeds to the glass if desired, along with several chunks of fresh pineapple
- Slowing pour the tonic water into the glass and serve immediately