Gin and Tonic with Chilli

Sometimes, a gal just needs a gin and tonic.

Gin and Tonic with Chilli

Tonight, for the first time in ages, I am sitting outside in a 30C lovely summer’s evening, on the balcony overlooking the hills, sipping a (Bombay) Gin and Tonic. But with a twist.

Did you know that a a piece of chilli added to a jug of cold water adds a refreshing taste without adding chilli heat? It does the same to a glass of Gin and Tonic.

So with the twist of lemon, add a twist of chilli.

Gin and Chilli

You might also like to try my more healthy drinks. Browse them here and here. There are other uses for chillies here and here. Or browse our Summer recipes here and here.

Gin and Chilli



Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

6 thoughts on “Gin and Tonic with Chilli”

  1. From my experience, stress and mood do seem to affect my ability to take alcohol. The first time I noticed this was after a party that my roommate and I organised. It was a small party for 6 – 8 people. We were drinking wine (my roommate and I _loved_ wine, nice wine, and enjoyed it immensely), and the conversation was going badly. The mood was dark, and the topic was a controversial one, but an important one to us. I won’t bother you with details, but it was about nationalism. Attitudes of two of our guests were – almost horrifying. One in particular seemed to provoke other guests, and enjoyed manipulating their feelings. (Needless to say we never invited round the duo again!) At the end of the party, when they finally left, my roommate and I were cleaning up. We felt very sober, and realised, to our huge surprise, that we drank 3 – 4 bottles of wine between the two of us only, but we did not feel the effects of it at all.

    At other times, I felt gleeful and happy after a mere one glass drank in company with good friends!

    I recently bought a card to a friend that said ‘Life is like wine – best taken (or was it enjoyed…) with friends.’.


  2. ha ha..adding chilli is a twist..will try it for isn’t it cool that u get a buzz at 1/3 of a glass…i have to down quite a few for that feeling🙂


  3. I rarely travel but today, just after four days of coming back from my trip, I found out I’ll be travelling again on Monday and I was almost tempted to say no, but it’s just for two days, so I said yes.


  4. I find it quite strange, noticing that relationship between stress and alcohol. Gee, the things we do to our bodies.

    sra, I used to treat flying out just like another day in the office. I would get up and say “where am I going today? Oh yes, flying out to “. or “Oh yes, the office.”

    If I was flying, I would pick up my always prepacked bag, and go off to the airport. Flying from Australia is a bit deal – to get to any other country it is at least a 6 hour flight (to Singapore). From Adelaide, it is often 11 or so hours, by the time we fly to Sydney and transfer to international airport and then fly out. Not a small thing. After years of doing this, I was quite exhausted. People say “Gee, how lovely to travel.” And yes, I do not regret one minute of it. Different cultures, different food, such wonderful experiences, friends from all over the world. And falling in love with/ finding my home in India. But constant jet lag is a strange state.

    Of course I am forgetting that you can get to NZ in a couple of hours, but I never went there for business.


  5. I found another drink with chilli in it. From Hot chocolate with chilli:

    Slice 2 red chillis in half lengthways and remove the seeds. Add to a litre of milk (full cream is best) in a saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer. Watch it doesn’t boil over!

    Remove from the heat and leave for a good ten minutes for the chilli to impart its flavour. Then reheat, add 200 g of plain chocolate broken into small pieces and 200 ml of single cream.

    Stir on a low heat until the chocolate is dissolved and then remove the chillis. Pour into glasses and let everyone chilli out with chilli picnic drinks!

    Y u-u-u-u m-m-mmmm!

    Another site ( with the same recipe adds a vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick to the milk.


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