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The Perfect Gin and Tonic | Gin Diaries

June 12, 2015

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…

Gin and Tonic_Miss Pond

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.

1_Gin and Tonic_Miss Pond

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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  • Reply Ori-Gin Botanicals October 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    This is a really great article
    Garnishing your G & T correctly can really enhance the character of your chosen gin. You can create amazing results with Ori-Gin botanical infusions.

  • Reply Sue June 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I’ve not tried this one. I’m loving Cauroon at the moment with a slice of apple x

    • Reply MissPond June 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

      I love Jensen’s, it’s a fairly new one to me but I’m hooked! I love Caorunn with red apple, but haven’t got round to buying a bottle yet… Maybe pay day!

  • Reply Maria June 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Oh man, this looks incredible!

    Mara xxx

    • Reply MissPond June 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      🙂 thank you x

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca June 13, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I love how you’ve dressed that up 🙂

    • Reply MissPond June 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Laura June 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    My Grandad is a lover of G&T and it just doesn’t float my boat! Maybe I have been doing it all wrong?! Elderflower tonic sounds amazig and Ill have to try adding a garnish in too!

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      You definitely need to try some different gins to find what you like! Maybe a sloe berry or raspberry based gin (like Pinkster) would work! Or try gin with elderflower tonic and slices of lime 🙂

  • Reply Holly at RockOnHolly June 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Ooh I wish I liked Gin… This sounds FAB! xx

    • Reply MissPond June 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I bet if you were to try the right one, with the right garnish you’d love it! Try out Pinkster Gin (you can get it Atlas Bar) it tastes like raspberries 🙂 x

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