Cock­tail kit

Your Home and Garden - - A Very Merry Food Bag - by Imo­gen Temm · de­signer

+ A bot­tle of spir­its is al­ways an ap­pre­ci­ated gift as we em­brace the silly sea­son.

+ Bulk out the gift with our lovely il­lus­trated cock­tail recipes (free to down­load and print out from home­stolove.co.nz/cock­tail).

+ These five gin recipes pack­aged with a bot­tle of gin, mix­ers and a few gar­nishes would make a great gift.

+ For mix­ers, East Im­pe­rial ton­ics or Fen­ti­mans tonic are my per­sonal faves. Sch­weppes or a freshly made So­daStream batch will also work per­fectly. For some­thing dif­fer­ent, try gin­ger beer.

+ Lemons, limes, pome­gran­ate, pas­sion­fruit and blood or­ange will give your bev­er­age some flair. How­ever, us­ing sea­sonal fruit will keep costs down, and mud­dled ber­ries cer­tainly cre­ate a sweetly re­fresh­ing sum­mer drop.

+ Gar­nishes could be herbs such as basil or rose­mary, or some­thing more sub­stan­tial like cu­cum­ber or cel­ery. In­clude a packet of pink pep­per­corns – great with cit­rus-based drinks – too, if you like.

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