Is there anything more perfect than a gin & tonic? Refreshing, aromatic and just ever so slightly bitter. It’s my drink of choice, and the more I learn about it, and the more I drink it, the more I like it. There are so many to choose from, each subtly different from the next, I’m sure I’m yet to find my absolute favourite.
A gin & tonic is so simple but a few little additions can turn this drink into so much more.The botanicals, used in the distilling of gin lend it perfectly to being paired with herbs and citrus fruits. By picking out and enhancing particular flavours, you can make the same gin and the same tonic taste different every time. Some brands will list the sorts of botanicals that they use to make their particular gin, so you can use this to work out your garnish; Hendricks, for example, goes best with cucumber, and Portobello Road with grapefruit peel. These combinations will work with most gins – I just used the Bombay Sapphire we had in the cupboard – but you can use them as a jumping point for your own signature blend.
Lemon & Rosemary
A shot of gin, a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprig of rosemary & a twist of lemon peel, topped up with tonic. Use the rosemary sprig to stir.
Lime & Chilli
A shot of gin, half a lime cut into wedges & half a chilli, sliced & deseeded, topped up with tonic. Give the limes a little squeeze to release the juices as you put them into the glass for extra flavour.
Cucumber & Mint
A shot of gin, a few slices of cucumber and some torn up mint leaves, topped up with tonic. Lots of ice for extra freshness.
How do you drink yours?