My wife and I have been experimenting with cocktails. Our “English Country Garden” was a happy accident, an unexpected confluence of two factors. First, we had been testing the margaritas in FiveThirtyEight’s cluster analysis of margarita recipes and found their “tequila forward” recipe to be extremely tasty. Second, we are working our way though a bottle of Hayman’s Navy Strength Gin, which I have found to be too strong for my usual gin martinis.

Replace the tequila with gin, switch the citrus and the sweeteners, and you end up with this. There will be a photo once we can stop drinking these and get the camera out.

  • 1.5 oz gin, 57% ABV or similar
  • 0.75 oz lemon
  • 0.25 oz runny honey
  • 0.25 oz bartender’s ketchup

Shake the above vigorously with ice and strain into a glass half-rimmed with sugar.

Once we tasted it we realised it that would be improved by the addition of herbs. (This will also continue the garden theme quite nicely.) C is voting for rubbing lavender above it and serving it with a sprig of rosemary; I think thyme will be better than lavender. We shall be experimenting.