1 teaspoon cardamom tea (or 1 green cardamom pod and 1 teaspoon loose-leaf black tea)
12 shots (300ml) London dry gin
350ml water
500g sugar
handful lemon leaves, shredded (or 2 tablespoons dried lemon leaves or a few stems of lemongrass or lemongrass tea)
pinch sea salt
chilled Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, to finish
lemongrass stem, to garnish

I love highballs as aperitifs as they work so well to have a chat over, while also setting your palate up ahead of dinner. I always had go-tos for this, but after travelling to India to visit where the finest ginger is grown, I looked at the spice very differently, and wanted to celebrate the zestier side to the root when it’s grown with real care and expertise. I can tell you that this is captured in the ginger ale from Fever-Tree so you don’t have to go to the painful lengths of sourcing the best ginger! Serving this very cold, and in a flute, highlights the effervescence and the citrus side of the spice, and still works as a pre-dinner style. There’s a different kind of elegance and profile here compared to the classic highball or gin buck serve. All the ingredients nod to demonstrating the wider range of flavours present when you use spices fresh, so get the best you can, and make a note to test and change your spices regularly, so that they’re at their brightest!

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1.Add the tea to the gin and infuse in the fridge for 2 hours, then strain.
2.Make the lemon syrup by heating 300ml of the water until boiling.
3.Remove from the heat then add the sugar and the lemon leaves. Stir to dissolve, then allow to cool.
4.Strain and keep in a clean container in the fridge until needed.
5.Mix the salt into the remaining water, then add the gin and 2 shots (50ml) of the lemon-leaf syrup.
6.Add to a bottle and store in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
7.Add a shot and half (40ml) of the gin mix to a frozen flute glass, top with the ginger ale, then garnish with the lemongrass stem.

This is an edited extract
from Mr Lyan’s Cocktails
at Home: Good Things to
Drink with Friends by Ryan
Chetiyawardana, White
Lion Publishing, Images
© Kim Lightbody.