Cheltenham: Tonic, Raspberries, Honey Lemon and Thyme

Let me be clear. This doesn't taste like a Gin & Tonic. I am not going to make promises like that.

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We will not pretend that it tastes like a Gin & Tonic. It is something totally new and delicious. And it reminds me of a particularly sweet visit one sunny April with a dear friend in the stunning city of Cheltenham. Think British countryside at its best....there you go. I had such a wonderful time bopping around the west of England in my friend's little red Mini Coop, singing at the top of our lungs, and eating Indian take-out while watching Jane Austen flicks.

This was back when I was drinking alcohol, and we went out one night. Cheltenham had charming bars that actually looked like speakeasies (though, I don't think Prohibition ever hit the UK....still). The Gin & Tonics in that town were pretty stellar, so while this is again...NOT the same thing, it is a refreshing and delightful light beverage bubbling with flavor. Enjoy!

Cheltenham (serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup fresh or thawed frozen raspberries (1/4 cup for each glass)
  • 2 tsp. organic honey, divided
  • 6 drops of Young Living Lemon Vitality E.0. (3 drops for each glass)
  • 2 cups of tonic water ,divided
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Ice

In two tumblers, gently muddle the raspberries, honey, and lemon E.O. together. Add ice. Pour tonic water over the ice, and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Cheers, mate!

Samantha Bossalini