This year has been a roller coaster for everyone. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our lives anymore. I would say, indeed we can, but in this case we’ll have some help from a good old G&T. 

COVID-19 took a lot from us: we can’t go out without a mask, events are cancelled, a lot of things have been moved online, most of us can’t enjoy a meal in the restaurant… And this list just keeps going and seems to never end. In those uncertain times, we need to remember how to relax and stay calm while we’re at home. And who said you can’t enjoy your favourite gin from Memsahib Gin and Tea bar at home? Exactly, no one. It might seem a bit daunting, but trust me, it doesn’t take a lot of effort.

Let’s start with a bit of background: what is gin exactly? Gin is a neutral spirit distilled from something natural like wheat, barley, potatoes or grapes. There are three traditional types of gin: London Dry, Plymouth Gin and Old Tom gin (Craft Gin Club, 2020). Gin can also be flavoured, sloe or even a liquor but all of them are different from traditional types. However, today we’ll need London Dry Gin. Not many people know, but you can infuse gin with anything. Literally anything: tea, veggies, fruits, coffee… and it will taste fantastic. 

So, how can we create your homemade gin and make the atmosphere of the bar at home? Think of your favourite flavour (mine is Tropical Mango, so now we’ll work with this). We’ll need a bottle of London Dry Gin, your favourite fruit/tea and 24 hours of patience. 

Infused Gin making process:  

Step 1: Pour 500ml of London Dry Gin into a large jug;

Step 2: Take an empty tea bag and add 1.5 teaspoons of Tropical Mango tea to it;

Step 3: Place the teabag in the jug with gin and leave to infuse for 24 hours.

Once 24 hours have passed, take your favourite glass, fill it with about four medium-sized ice cubes, add a slice of lime and a couple of juniper berries. When this step is done, grab a measuring jigger, pour 35ml of Tropical Mango gin and top it up with a light tonic. If you are not a big fan of tonic, then you can easily replace it with anything you like more: ginger ale, lemonade, juice…

Then savour the tast and enjoy the moment and congratulate yourself on your efforts.