4 cl of gin
10 cl of tonic water
Gin and Tonic is one of the most straightforward and most refreshing cocktails you can find around. Very easy to mix, it is built directly in a highball glass filled with ice. Just pour the desired amount of gin with some tonic water and a slice of lemon, which someone likes to squeeze into the cocktail.
The recipe is easy and perfect and does not need any changes, variations, or fancy interpretation since it is far from 1700 that Gin & Tonic is drunk. In the wake of the British Army, the cocktail was born in India as medicine to fight malaria.
Each soldier was entitled to a dose of gin to make the quinine less bitter. They used to mix it with gin and water. In time, the recipe was perfected, thanks to the invention of tonic water, which significantly facilitates the mixing of this cocktail.
About the doses of gin to be used, there is no consensus. They range from a 1:1 ratio for those who want to relax to a much sober 1/3 of gin and 2/3 of tonic water. It depends on what time it is and by the function of the cocktail. At 4 pm, a drop of gin is permitted to flavor a soft drink, but you can dare and beef up your cocktail during the evening.
Ingredients and doses for making the perfect Gin & Tonic
- 4 cl gin
- 10 cl of tonic water
- One slice of lemon or lime
How to prepare the perfect Gin & Tonic
Fill with ice a highball glass, pour the gin, fill with tonic water, squeeze a wedge of lemon, and garnish with a slice of lemon. Enjoy your drink!
Which gin is best for gin and Tonic?
The Gin Tonic is the litmus test for every gin. There are no shortcuts to reach the top, but there is indeed a thousand gin to try and not just one, and each time your Gin Tonic will be a different and exciting experience. Opt for a great distillate like Hendrick’s gin if you want a delicate and fragrant Gin Tonic with floral and herbaceous nuances that make the experience unique. If you prefer a rockier and lashing cocktail, use a Plymouth Gin Navy Strength; if you like delicate cocktails with a citrus flavor, the Panarea Island Gin is ideal; if you like licorice, the Roby Marton gin is tempting and sharp. The Aviation Gin and 209 are true gems if you like American pyrotechnic gins. The Opihr gin is a magical trip to the East for those who love spices. And we close with two sons of the woods, two beautiful creatures full of balsamic perfumes like the Caorunn and the Monkey 47 Schwarzwald.
Now let’s try some variants of the classic Gin and Tonic!
Gin Tonic with Angostura
If you want to add an intriguing herbaceous shade to your drink, drop two tears of Angostura in your Gin and Tonic, and it’ll be even more delicious.
Gin and Tonic with cucumber
If you want to make it even more remarkable, add a few cucumber slices, which creates a symphony of exceptional fragrances with the tonic water.
Gin Tonic with grapefruit
The classy one: add 1/4 of grapefruit juice and one slice to your Gin and Tonic, and it will take an irresistible, zesty nuance.
Gin Tonic with rosemary
One of the best incarnations of Gin and Tonic, the aromatic touch conferred by an ordinary sprig of rosemary will open the gates of Heaven, thanks to the harmony of scents. Close your eyes before drinking.