Britain’s love affair with gin is continuing unabated with hundreds of new gins launched each year, gin festivals springing up and gin-flavoured foods lining the shelves of delis and farm shops, but to make the perfect gin and tonic is a little more complex than you may first imagine and you may have been mixing it wrong for years.
Top Tips to Create the Perfect Gin and Tonic
- Select the right glass. Put that short tumbler or tall highball glass away, you need a large open glass such as a large, red wine glass
- You need ice and plenty of it
- Before you pour in the gin, make sure you’ve picked out a top-quality tonic water, I recommend Fentiman’s or Fever Tree, but there are lots to choose from
- The experts also say un-flavoured mixers are best to really bring out and focus on the flavour of the gin.
- When it comes to measurements, a good rule of thumb is a quarter gin to three-quarters tonic, with the gin always added first.
- Lastly, don’t be afraid to garnish, although a wedge of lime or lemon will ensure a refreshing drink, garnishing with a twist of orange peel and star anise will give you a warm and spicy drink, whilst a few slices of cucumber and strawberries make for a taste of summer.