We’re not in the business of releasing gimmick bottlings, but here’s a super-simple, all-natural party trick to make your gin and tonic stand out!
Prime your gin with a Lavatera (common mallow) flower and it’ll go pink before your eyes as you add the tonic.
Lavatera is widely available in garden centres – it’s a cottage garden flower – and It can also be seen growing wild by the roadsides in Europe. The flowers are on the end of stalks, and have 5 petals, usually a shade of pink, with prominent stamens. Leaves look a bit like currant leaves; clear veins coming out hand-style from the base where it joins the stem.
All you need to do is
- collect a jar of lavatera flowers
- cover with gin
- chop through with scissors
- leave for 2-3 hours then strain the liquid into a glass. Discard the flowers
- Make your gin and tonic with the lavatera infused liquid and marvel at the emerging colour!