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"This drink is packed full of aromatics. The gin is already infused with the captivating flavours of lemon and Earl Grey. Adding in lime, rosemary, juniper, mint makes it even more stimulating. Pour into pre-chilled glasses with sharp grapefruit juice and zingy ginger beer and you’ve got a long drink that’s truly fresh and refreshing – an irresistible summer tipple. Don’t forget to run the grapefruit peel around the glass. The peel is where the fruit’s heady fragrance is concentrated." Heston
100ml Heston from Waitrose Earl Grey & Lemon Gin
1 lime, sliced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 lime, zest and juiced
Thin strips of zest from 5 pink grapefruit, peeled with a vegetable peeler
8 juniper berries
8 picked fresh rosemary leaves
8 fresh mint tips
240ml pink grapefruit juice, strained (from approximately 2 grapefruits)
440ml ginger beer
1. Place 4 glasses in the freezer. Pour the gin into a tall container or jug with the sliced lime, rosemary sprigs, mint sprigs, lime zest and juice. Reserve 4 strips of grapefruit zest then add the remaining grapefruit zest and juniper berries to the container (or jug). Pour in the grapefruit juice and ginger beer. Using the bottom of a rolling pin, crush or ‘muddle’ the ingredients. Remove the glasses from the freezer fill with crush ice, add the rosemary leaves and mint tips.
2. Strain through a fine sieve into another container then pour into the glasses. Rub each of the remaining strips of grapefruit peel around the rim of each glass, twist them and then add to the glass and serve.
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This recipe was first published in Wed Jul 31 08:20:00 BST 2013.