Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic or G&T as it often is referred to, is one of the most beloved drinks. It's not coincidence that it's one of my favorite cocktails - simple and delicious, even refreshing. The Gin is matured with juniper berries, giving it the distinctive flavor and aroma of pine, while the tonic adds a bittersweet sparkly taste. Some add a twist of lime or lemon, which provides a little bite to the cocktail.

This drink works well when you are out partying and tired of the sweeter cocktails and looking for something tasty and fresh. Most bartenders can mix it, unfortunately most have a tendency to add too much gin, thinking they are improving the drink, while they are actually destroying it.

In theory the Gin and Tonic is one of the easiest drinks to make. Get a glass with some gin and add tonicwater - come on! how difficult can it be? Well, that actually depends on your mood and how much you care for the taste of this well-known cocktail. Because one thing is to find a good glass with lots of cold ice cubes, another is finding the right Gin and the perfect tonicwater. This can be more difficult than you expect.

The perfect Gin and Tonic isn't a sweet cocktail. If you are from the U.S you probably have tasted a sweeter version of the original, as the U.S tonic water typically poured at bars, are much sweeter, as they usually are made of high fructose corn syrup. This gives a strange aftertaste from the quinine, which you don't get in the European tonic water, which is much more refreshing and invigorating with bright, citrusy aromas and loads of bubbles. This is why we recommending going with a less sweet, if possible, European tonic.

When it comes to choosing the gin, some say you should stay away from the expensive ones, and use the cheaper brands such as the Seagram's or New Amsterdam. We do however like the bit more expensive Bombay sapphire gin or even the great Beefeater. They do have much more taste to offer, but it comes with a price.


Ingredients

  • 4 cl Gin
  • 0.5 cl Fresh Lime/Lemon juice
  • 10 cl Tonic water
  • Ice
  • Spoon
  • Highball or Balloon glass


Method

  1. Put ice/crushed ice in to your highball glass
  2. Pour in the Gin. Remember it is easier to add than remove
  3. Squeeze a fresh lime or lemon as we use in this case.
  4. Grab the tonicwater from the fridge and pour it in.
  5. Slowly stirre the drink to mix the ingredients and aromas
  6. Well done, enjoy you G&T. If it's too sweet add a bit more gin :-)


History

This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India. Tonic water containing quinine which was used to prevent malaria. In the 18th century, tonic water contained a large amount of quinine than it does today. It's the Quinine that create the bitter taste many of us enjoy. Gin was added to make it easier to drink. Tonic water sold today contains only a very small amount of quinine and is therefore much less bitter and sometimes even sweetened.

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