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Big Batch G&Ts To Ring In The New Year

We're not doing champagne this year, because 2020 deserves a stiffer festive drink

While we usually send off the old year with champagne, we strongly feel that 2020 deserves something stronger. A festive G&T (aka gin and tonic) is just the right kind of stiff yet celebratory drink that will go well with a round of Auld Lang Syne, the perfect cocktail to have in hand as 2020 turns into 2021. And because we don’t want you to be mixing every single G&T individually, here’s an idea: why not make a big batch of this cocktail? It’s the easiest and best way to make sure everyone in the family enjoys a drink without the stress. Just make these drinks at least one day in advance. Have fun mixing this cocktail, and here’s to a better year ahead! 



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Big Batch G&Ts

Serves 10 to 15


LEMON AND CUCUMBER G&Ts:

1 1/4 cups gin

2 cucumbers, thinly sliced using a peeler

1 lemon, cut into 5 slices, peel reserved

5 sprigs fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

tonic water, for topping up


Infuse all the ingredients in an airtight glass vessel for 1 day. To serve, pour 60 ml in a wine glass or rock glass with ice. Top with tonic water, stir, and garnish with rosemary sprigs, reserved lemon peel and cucumber slices.




CINNAMON AND ORANGE G&Ts:

1 1/4 cups gin 

2 cinnamon sticks

2 oranges, sliced, peel reserved

1 star anise

1/4 teaspoon peppercorns

4 medium-size strawberries

tonic water, for topping up


Infuse all the ingredients in an airtight glass vessel for 1 day. To serve, pour 60 ml in a wine glass or rock glass with ice. Top with tonic water then stir. Garnish with strawberries, cinnamon sticks, orange slices and peel.


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