Gin & Tonic

Few cocktails are as simple and easy to prepare as the Gin & Tonic and the English staple is utter perfection when done right. Little tweaks here and there can markedly change its flavour profile. Here is our take on this super refreshing little number.

Gin and Tonic
Quick Guide

Gin & Tonic

What is it?
A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, poured over ice. It is usually garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. 

Where is it from?
This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India in the early 19th century. With malaria present in India, it was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat the disease, although the bitter taste was unpleasant. The British officers took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable.

What does it taste like?
Simple, delicious and even refreshing. Gin is matured with juniper berries as well as herbs and spices called botanicals to add a pleasant fragrance. The tonic is bittersweet, so imagine those flavour profiles intermingling, in addition to a twist of lime.
 

 

 

Tip

For a simple twist on an old classic add some cucumber to your Gin & Tonic instead of lime. The subtle flavour of the cucumber blends perfectly with the juniper berry flavour of the gin.

Ingredients

  • 45ml gin
  • Tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Crushed ice

Method

1. Fill highball with crushed ice
 
2. Pour in the gin and tonic water to taste, stir well
 
3. Garnish with lime wedge
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