You may think a Gin and Tonic is just a Gin and Tonic, but you could be wrong…. All sorts of factors, especially what gin to use and what garnish goes with it, are very important to consider so I’m going to give you a little guide as to what makes the perfect Gin and Tonic…
First you need to think about a glass. A large bloomer glass or high ball are perfect for a long and refreshing Gin and Tonic. You then need to fill your glass fairly full with ice, too little and it will melt quickly but lots and it will remain fairly frozen whilst you enjoy your drink!
Now to pick your gin. Now this is personal preference and for me depends on the day. Sometimes I like something more floral like Bloom, whereas other days a more citrus like gin such as Portobello or Bombay Sapphire East are more up my street. Although the gin I treated myself to at the Gin Festival, Jensen’s Old Tom is my current favourite. You need to add 2 measures of gin to your glass.
Now to think about a garnish. Jensen’s works well with pink grapefruit, it balances the sweetness of this gin beautifully. Some gins go perfectly with cucumber, like Hendrick’s, Pinkster goes well with raspberries or Bloom goes very well with strawberries… If you buy a new gin, just a quick google will often help you find what it’s best served with!
Lastly tonic water, I am not one for orange juice, bitter lemon or lemonade with my gin! Normal tonic water is fine, but if you want to make it special you could try Fever Tree tonic water (they do some wonderful variations, like elderflower tonic).
And voilà, time to enjoy your gin and tonic!
What’s your favourite gin? Let me know in the comments,
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