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Gin & Tonic

gin and tonic water drink

The Gin & Tonic is one of my favorite cocktails, even though I’ve made a lot of different ones throughout my time serving clubs. Combining ease with refinement, this cocktail is more than a sip; it’s an event. Its light, crisp flavor is ideal for every event, from relaxing at the end of a hard day to taking part in a social gathering. The delicate balance between the tang of gin and the fizz and sweetness of the tonic water is what makes a Gin & Tonic so appealing. A timeless classic, it will always be in style.

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Tasting Notes

Refreshing and easy, a Gin & Tonic is the perfect cocktail. Juniper, citrus, and flowery aromas will waltz across your taste buds as you take a swig of this gin. A touch of tonic water balances out the drink with its sweet and bitter flavor. When combined, they produce a refreshing and revitalizing flavor that is light and airy.

Equipment and Glassware

Crafting the ideal Gin & Tonic requires only a few simple ingredients, such as a measuring spoon or stirrer, the right glassware, and a measuring tool. Traditional glassware includes a highball. The tall, slim shape of the elegant beverage complements it and also helps to keep its fizzy consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. gin
  • Tonic water
  • Limes for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pop some ice in a rocks or highball glass all the way to the top
  2. Pour in your gin
  3. Pour your tonic water on top and stir gently
  4. Garnish with lime wheels.
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Pro Tips

  • To prevent your drink from becoming too watered down, use a generous amount of ice.
  • To maintain the carbonation of the tonic water, add it gradually.
  • To discover the ideal complement, try a variety of garnishes, such as cucumber or rosemary.

When to Serve

Perfect for both casual summertime drinking and more formal nighttime events, the Gin & Tonic is a flexible cocktail. It’s airy enough for daytime affairs and sophisticated enough for a night out on the town.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The success or failure of your Gin & Tonic depends on the gin you choose. London Dry gins, such as Tanqueray and Beefeater, are great options for those who prefer a more traditional flavor. Try handcrafted gins made with unusual botanicals for an edge of taste if you’re more of a contemporary drinker.

Similar Cocktails

  • Vodka Tonic: A simpler cousin with a cleaner taste.
  • Gin Fizz: A bubbly, citrusy delight.
  • Negroni: For a bolder, more bitter experience.
  • Martini: The epitome of gin-based sophistication.
  • Tom Collins: A sweet and sour gin spectacle.

History

The original recipe for the Gin & Tonic dates back to colonial India, when British officers mixed quinine tonic with gin to prevent malaria. A now-iconic drink was produced when the bitter quinine was mixed with the sweet gin. It started out as a medicinal tonic but has since transformed into a popular drink all around the globe.

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gin and tonic water drink

Gin and Tonic

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gin, gin and tonic, tonic water
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
In this article, you will learn all about the traditional Gin & Tonic, how to make it properly, and which brands are the best. Ideal for every event.

Instructions

  • Pop some ice in a rocks or highball glass all the way to the top
  • Pour in your gin
  • Pour your tonic water on top and stir gently
  • Garnish with lime wheels and

Notes

Is lemon a suitable substitute for lime?
Sure thing! A lemon squeeze can impart a more vibrant and distinctive citrus aroma.
Does it come in an alcohol-free variant?
If you’re looking for an alcohol-free alternative, you can get tonic waters and non-alcoholic gins.
What can I do to add more sugar?
To make it sweeter, you can add simple syrup or use a sweeter tonic water.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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