Freesia Infused Gin & Tonic

As Spring started happening, I thought it would be nice to have a flower infused drink for the season.

Gin and tonic is one of my favourite drinks during warmer months and Freesia’s are so synonymous with Spring, and their sweet fragrance is perfect for adding a floral note to beverages. We’ve been very fortunate to have quite a few micro distilleries opening in Cape Town recently. I love using local ingredients as much as possible so when I found The Woodstock Gin Company, I knew I had to try their wine based gin, Inception, for this recipe. It’s also possible to omit the gin completely if you would prefer an alcohol free version.

Freesia Infused Gin & Tonic Recipe
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup fresh freesia petals {organic and rinsed well}
  2. 1/4 cup agave nectar {or sugar syrup}
  3. 60ml gin
  4. 400ml - 600ml tonic
  5. 4 - 6 ice cubes
  1. Combine the freesia petals and agave nectar with a pestle and mortar
  2. Completely muddle the petals with the nectar to release their fragrance
  3. Strain the freesia infused agave nectar to remove the petals
  4. Place two to three ice cubes in two glasses
  5. Pour half of the agave freesia syrup over the ice in each glass
  6. Add 30ml gin to each glass
  7. Top with 200ml to 300ml tonic per glass
  8. Stir and serve
  1. Make sure to use fresh flowers free of harmful pesticides
  2. Add freesia petals to ice trays with water and freeze to use as ice
  3. Add a fresh freesia petal to each glass to decorate
September 14, 2015