There is very little in this world as refreshing as a perfectly made gin and tonic. Whether it’s on a hot summer evening outside your favourite bar, or a Friday night at the end of a long week, a G&T can be one of the most satisfying drinks on the menu.
Gin has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. Wherever you turn there are speciality gin bars popping up on every street corner, and all supermarkets are stocking delicious artisan spirits of every flavour under the sun. If that wasn’t enough to convince you that gin is the drink of the moment, maybe you’ll be persuaded when you read that gin sales are predicted to reach £1.31 billion by the year 2020.
With all that in mind, can you really afford not to know how to make the perfect gin and tonic? Don’t worry, the master bartenders here at Masons will teach you everything you need to know.
The glass matters
Just like we told you when we taught you how to taste whiskey like a pro, the glass you use is incredibly important. The old dusty glass that you dug out from the back of your cupboard isn’t going to cut it now, and don’t opt for one that you use every day either. We’re looking for something that is going to help enhance your drinking experience.
Look for a glass with a good opening at the top. This means a tumbler, a copa or even a red wine glass (that’s the larger one) if you have to resort to desperate measures. This design can really open up the flavours and allow all the fragrant scents of the gin to be released.
Ice ice baby
There are certain drinks that are highly recommended not to be served with ice. Red wine being one of them, and whiskey sometimes being another depending on which side of the fence you stand on. But with a G&T, the goal is to make sure your glass is as chilled as possible.
To achieve this you need to add as much ice as you can, and make sure it’s clear ice. You can do this by freezing water that has been boiled as opposed to water straight from the tap. More ice doesn’t automatically equals more dilution; but the better the quality of ice the more you’re going to be able to taste the gin’s unique flavours.
Get your measurements right
Of course, whether you go for a single or double depends entirely on your preferences and the kind of day you’ve had. For a single measurement we’d recommend 50ml of gin per glass mixed with three-quarters tonic.
Use quality materials
You know how above we just mentioned that three-quarters of your G&T is made up of tonic? Well don’t be surprised when we recommend that you use the best quality tonic that you can find, seeing as it’s going to make up 75% of your drink. Our second piece of advice when it comes to tonics is to stick to “unflavoured” waters; leave it up to the garnishes you add to bring out the flavours of the gin. More on that next.
Make it personal
This final stage is where you can really make a G&T your own. Every person is different and so everyone is likely to want a different garnish added to their drink. For something classically simply and refreshing, you can’t go wrong with the citrus hint of a lime wedge. If you’d prefer something spicier and a little warmer, star anise and orange peel will add a strong zest. Or if you’re more of a floral type, try thyme elderflower.
Our other favourite garnishes include:
- Chillies and lime – for the adventurous ones
- Strawberry and basil
- Pink grapefruit and rosemary
- Mint, cucumber and black peppercorns