Fresh Lemonade, Gin and Tonic

June 13, 2014

Lemonade, Gin and TonicI have to admit, I do like gin and tonics. I am pretty fussy though. There are only one or two brands of gin that I really like, I also like a lot of ice and there has to be a decent wedge of lemon. Without the lemon, it’s just not a gin and tonic. I am that crazy person that spends about three minutes squeezing all the lemon juice out before I dare take sip. For me, the lemon is kind of an integral part, so it got me thinking – what about a gin and tonic with home-made lemonade? So, for you dear readers I tackled this particular conundrum, and experimented with a lemonade gin and tonic. In all truth, it was pretty delicious and it makes gin and tonics even more refreshing for the summer. My recipe below is for perfect home-made lemonade. This lemonade is really the basis of so many great summer drinks – Arnold Palmers, Margarita’s, and now gin and tonics. I added a spring of mint to this lemony gin and tonic which added a wee bit of mint flavor and a fresh minty scent. So, if you are stuck in a cocktail rut,  this lemonade g and t might just be your new summer drink.

Lemonade Gin and Tonic


Home-made Lemonade

(makes a litre and a half of lemonade)

  • 240mls  of fresh lemon juice
  • 180g of sugar
  • 1500mls of water


  1. Put the lemon juice and the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Heat the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Take off the heat, add the water and leave to cool.
  4. To make the lemonade, gin and tonic, pour a shot of gin into a glass.
  5. Add some ice, some of the cooled lemonade, and top with a splash of tonic. The ratio of tonic and lemonade depends on how lemony you like it.
  6. Serve with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of lemon.

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