3-Ingredient Happy Hour: Lime Leaf G&T

3-Ingredient Happy Hour: Lime Leaf G&T
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Happy (much-needed) weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making a very small modification to the beloved Gin & Tonic.

Photos by Claire Lower.

To make a really good G&T, you only really need two ingredients: Really good gin and really good tonic. The bubbly beverage is usually garnished with a lime wedge, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and use a lime leaf.

If you’re not familiar with the Makrut lime leaf, it’s super fresh, intensely aromatic, and a little citrusy. It’s used extensively in Southeast Asian foods, so you may recognise the flavour from Thai, Cambodian or Laotian cuisine. Unlike other leaves, they impart a ton of noticeable flavour quite quickly, and shaking them with a bit of gin is enough to extract a good bit of tastiness. To make this verdant beverage, you will need:

  • 44mL London Dry gin
  • 2 lime leaves Makrut lime leaves (one for shaking and one for garnish)
  • Good tonic, such as Fever Tree

Add gin and one leaf to a shaker filled with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a lowball over a big ol’ cube, and garnish with the second leaf.