The Pork Chops with Peppercorn Sauce recipe I made earlier this week made me wonder how else I could use pepper. A new way to make a gin and tonic? Absolutely! This Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin and Tonic simply had to be tried. Besides, it’s summer, and gin and tonics were made for sipping on hot summer days.
Pay homage to the romance and adventure that inspired Martin Miller’s Gin with the unusual yet delicious Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin and Tonic.
I had to do some hunting for Martin Miller’s gin, but I’m glad I found it. My usual store, Total Wine, didn’t have it in stock. They have such a huge selection that I figured no one else would have it, and I almost settled for another brand. Fortunately, I gave ABC a try, and voila! A 750 ml bottle was $24.99, which is pretty reasonable in my book.
The rest of the ingredients were easy. I had the black pepper (always), and my local grocery store had the strawberries and tonic water. I wish I could have found the elderflower flavor, but plain tonic was all they had. Next time I’m at Total Wine I’ll have an excuse to try the elderflower tonic water.
I’m sure it’s not surprising that this cocktail was quick and easy to make. I had mine done in just 2 minutes. The instructions are very simple and straightforward and left no questions.
I decided to leave the leaves on the strawberries since they wouldn’t be eaten. Not removing them might have made the prep work a little faster, but I mostly did it because I thought it was pretty.
Oh, and about that 50mls of gin. It’s 1.5 ounces or a single shot in case you don’t have a measuring glass with milliliters.
The amount of tonic depends on the size of your glass and the amount of ice used. I didn’t measure it.