I am OBSESSED with G&Ts! If there was ever a ‘trend’ that I have embraced and welcomed whole heartily it is the resurgence of the classic G&T. Better still, bars and restaurants are now taking it one step further with signature Gin and Tonic menus each one designed to complement the flavours of the gin in the perfect way. Of course, no one does unique pairings like Hendrick’s Gin so when we were offered the opportunity to develop a signature WomenStuff gin cocktail with Hendrick’s we jumped at the chance! The result is this unique wine and gin hybrid that will completely change the way you think about gin cocktails. With a dash of white wine, a splash of cucumber juice, and a tot of freshly brewed iced tea, this Belle Santé cocktail is all about embracing beauty, health, and good times.
I’ve personally tried and tested this cocktail and it is nothing short of wow. How can it not be when it combines two of my favourite things – gin and wine? Here is the full recipe to follow at home. Keep in mind that this recipe was developed to perfectly complement the flavours in Hendrick’s Gin so for best results make sure you use Hendrick’s Gin when attempting this recipe.
Belle Santé (beautiful health)
1 ½ shot Hendrick’s Gin
1 shot Cucumber Juice
1 shot Lavender & Camomile Tea
¾ shot Lemon Juice
1 ½ shot White wine (Sav Blanc)
½ cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 stick lavender
Boil all ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
Let it cool and use.
Add Hendrick’s, cucumber juice, tea and lemon juice to a shaker and shake well.
Strain into a wine glass filled with ice.
Add wine and serve.
Glass: Wine glass
Garnish: Cucumber ribbon and Lavender
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.