Combining cold brew with the beautiful botanicals of gin and the gentle bitterness of tonic creates a tall, tart treat of a cocktail that is well placed to combat that feeling Friday night fans know all to well: complete and utter elation about the start of the weekend coupled with overwhelming exhaustion.
We recommend either using a classic gin or a citrus forward gin in a Turbo G&T – the coffee wants to dominate the mix and you need either some fresh acidity or big punchy juniper core to balance it out. For example, gins like Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength, Fords or Tanqueray Export Strength are good options to begin mixing with here.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee in cold water overnight and as such picks up none of the acidity that you’d expect from a cup of joe. Instead it brings a rich caffeine dose that is naturally sweet and smooth. You can make it home, but most supermarkets and coffee shops will now also sell a pre-made version.
An abridged, inebriated history:
Our version of the Turbo G&T was inspired by bespoke cocktail serves being made during London Coffee festival.
It was just one of the cocktails that we showcased at Junipalooza 2016 and in the following months, the drink went on to grow international reputation, being featured in dozens of magazines.