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Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic

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

  1. 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
  2. You need ice and plenty of it
  3. 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
  4. The experts also say un-flavoured mixers are best to really bring out and focus on the flavour of the gin.
  5. When it comes to measurements, a good rule of thumb is a quarter gin to three-quarters tonic, with the gin always added first.
  6. 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.
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