Slice five of your blackberries, place them at the bottom of your glass and give them a bash with a fork or the end of a wooden spoon. Add some ice, pour your gin over and swirl so the blackberries subtly infuse the gin. Add in your cucumber and tonic and garnish with the remaining blackberries.
Get your blackberries toward the end of the June – November season, says Tom Soden of Nine Lives bar. “Often the latter part of the harvest provides lots of big, ripe berries that are at their best and cheapest. This cocktail works wonderfully well with Merchant’s Heart Pink Peppercorn tonic. The soft berry-spice of the tonic water provides a long finish to the rich berries creating a fuller palate.”
Blackberry and Cucumber G&T
When it comes to your tonic, Chris O’Neil, bar manager at Temper says y ou don’t want to overpower the gin with a sweeter or more floral tonic water as your sweetness comes from the strawberries. Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic is the perfect match.
Chuck your chilli and coriander in the bottom of your glass and squash gently to release the oils in both. Add your gin to infuse, then the ice and tonic water. Finish with a squeeze of lime and drop the wedge in.
Citrus Cranberry G&T
Churchill once said the gin and tonic had saved more Englishmen’s lives than all of the doctors in the Empire. Sure, he may have been referring to the use of quinine in fending off malaria, made more palatable in tonic and by the stellar addition of gin. But fast-forward to modern times and we can all agree that a solid G&T can be an absolute saviour after a hellish day at work.
Legend has it that if you break a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will fall in love with each other.
1629 is the date assigned to the introduction of the Scarlet Strawberry from Virginia, and the earliest mention of the Strawberry in English writings is in a Saxon plant list of the tenth century, and in 1265 the ‘Straberie’ is mentioned in the household roll of the Countess of Leicester. ‘Strabery ripe,’ together with ‘Gode Peascode’ and ‘Cherrys in the ryse,’ were some of the London cries mentioned by Lydgate in the fifteenth century. Ben Jonson, in a play written in 1603, speaks of: ‘A pot of Strawberries gathered in the wood To mingle with your cream.’ The common idea that the word Strawberry is derived from the habit of placing straw under the cultivated plants when the berries are ripening is quite erroneous. The name is older than this custom, and preserves the obsolete preterit ‘straw’ of the verb ‘to strew,’ referring to the tangle of vines with which the Strawberry covers the ground.
In Othello, Shakespeare decorated Desdemonda’s handkerchief with symbolic strawberries.
Queen Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII had a strawberry shaped birthmark on her neck, which some claimed proved she was a witch.
Strawberry Historical Facts:
Ancient Medical Uses:
The roots, leaves, and fruits of the Alpine Strawberry, Fragaria Vesca, were used as a digestive aid and skin tonic. The berry was prescribed for diarrhea and digestive upset, while the leaves and roots were supposed to relievie gout. The berry itself was rubbed on the skin to ease the pain of sunburn and to relieve blemishes. The juice of the strawberry has its own special prescription–it brightened discolored teeth.
Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin, needless to say, she did not bathe daily.
The first documented botanical illustration of a strawberry plant appeared as a figure in Herbaries in 1454.
In Greek and Roman times, the strawberry was a wild plant.