First up, a palate-cleansing, classic gin and tonic, which is always a popular aperitif to awaken the taste buds before some delicious snacks or a meal. In recent years the range of gin styles and botanicals used to create different flavours has expanded immensely and this fabulous spirit now offers so much to choose from. A superb example, which will have you thinking of long, warm summer days, is Mediterranean Gin by Léoube from Provence. Produced using olives and flora on their organic estate, this delicate yet flavoursome premium gin is sure to make you think of warm, aromatic summer evenings. Great served in the classic way with tonic, or, for a perfect sundowner, mix it on the rocks with crushed pink peppercorns, dried orange pieces and a small splash of olive oil – delicious!
Available from Daylesford Organic £50.