Gin & Tonic – Part 1

I could write all day about how to create the perfect gin and tonic. In fact, I have a feeling that this will be the first of a few posts on the subject!

My first introduction to the G&T,  was via the original GQ, my late mother-in-law, who was a lover of Gordon’s, schweppes tonic and a slice of lemon. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong at all.

However, the new wave of gins and their often complex botanicals, means that the citrus of lemon and the after taste of the Scheweppes tonic may not always be the best partners for your gin.

For example, Hendrick’s is always served with cucumber and The Westwinds Gin goes brilliantly with capsicum. Don’t believe me? Try it!

Everyone has different tastes, so experiment to find your signature G&T,  but here are a three variants to get you started.

Martin Miller’s Gin & Tonic


50ml Martin Miller’s Gin

Fever-tree Tonic water

A squeeze of lime and use the wedge to garnish

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin & Tonic


50ml Four Pillar’s Rare Dry Gin

Fever-tree Tonic water

Orange peel with a little zest

Splash of orange blossom water, I used Pariya’s.

Gin Mare & Tonic


50ml Gin Mare

Schweppes tonic

a sprig of rosemary (crush the leaves lightly to release some of the flavour)

cracked black pepper

smear of fresh lemon juice around the rim of the glass

What’s your favourite way to serve a G&T?


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