Gin, apple, juniper and herb punch
1 cup (250ml) water 1 cup (220g) white (granulated) sugar 2 red apples, chopped 2 sprigs lemon thyme 1 teaspoon juniper berries+, crushed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup (250ml) gin 1 litre chilled tonic water micro (baby) lemon verbena leaves, to serve 1 red apple, thinly sliced using a mandolin, to serve
Place the water, sugar, apple, lemon thyme, juniper berries and vanilla in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Cook for 6 minutes or until reduced slightly and pink. Set aside to cool completely.
Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid, and place in a large 3-litre-capacity jug. Add the gin and tonic water. Add lemon verbena and apple slices to serve.
+ Juniper berries are available from specialty grocers.