Bergamot Gin and Tonic

I am very familiar with the flavour of bergamot, being an avid Earl Grey fan, but I had never seen or tasted the bergamot lemon itself. A mystical fruit that I thought was confined to tea makers and lucky Mediterranean gardens. Then I found I could order some beautiful organic ones along with my veg box; it would be rude not to. My first thought when I got them was to add a slice to some hot water, just to smell and taste them. But then I remembered I had some gin, and, you know, why not? Hello bergamot gin and tonic.

Bergamot LemonsYou will need (for two drinks):

  • 1 bergamot lemon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 75ml gin
  • Tonic (a good quality one)
  • Bergamot peel to decorate, if you’re so inclined

Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a small saucepan. Considering they are slightly larger than limes they hold an amazing amount of juice.

Add the sugar to the lemon juice then place the saucepan on a medium heat and warm the juice and sugar together. Stir and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and you have a thin syrup. Leave to cool.

Mix the gin and syrup together then divide between two glasses. Top each glass with tonic and add a swirl of peel if you like.

Bergamot Gin and TonicIn a world where you can get your hands on almost any flavour or ingredient, certainly not a bad thing, it is a genuine treat to try something new for the very first time. An excuse to celebrate simplicity. I took this slight twist on a gin and tonic to my favourite chair in the afternoon sunshine and enjoyed every sip. The jury’s out on whether bergamot is a lemon or an orange (I’m team lemon) and the taste is just exquisite; acidic and very distinctive. I love citrus at this time of year especially and, to make the most of this delicious ingredient, there are a few more bergamot themed recipes coming up.


  1. says

    We have Earl Grey tea for breakfast many mornings, so I’m familiar with bergamot (the flavor) too. But not bergamot (the fruit) — never have come across one. Sounds like just the thing for a G&T! Really nice — thanks.

  2. says

    Oh, this drink sounds fantastic! I’ve never heard of the bergamot lemon before, so I loved reading about it. learn something new every day!

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