Gin & Tonic is easy, just buy the gin, buy the tonic water, and add them together, how hard could it be? Well, believe it or not, most people don't actually do it right, and it is here we try and simplify making a good gin & tonic into 4 different elements
Most people don't measure their G&Ts, but that's the difference between drinking a glass of tonic water, a good G&T, and a glass of nail-polish. A good ratio for a G&T is 1:3 (obviously this is only a guide and you should adjust it based on how strong you like your drink), which means 30ml gin and 90ml tonic water. This ratio provides a good balance of botanical and quinine flavours. To measure, it's best to use a jigger.
Now that you know 3/4 of your gin & tonic is tonic water, it's probably an important thing you choose the right one, which in reality does not exist. If you have a go-to gin, experiment with different tonic water until you find the right one for you is important. A perfectly amazing gin can taste worlds apart paired with different tonic waters (trust me, we've done countless experiments). But an important note is, the more sugar and citric acid levels, the more flexible it will be to pair with different gins, but at the same time, those two elements can also cloud the flavours of the gin (which after all is the main character here).
For whatever reason, drinking a G&T just doesn't feel right unless it's ice cold, but when the ratio between gin and tonic is so delicate, how do we then factor in the ice that melts into your drink? We believe you simply can't, so it's best to get a chunky block of ice in your G&T and not use your run of the mill small ice cubes. (cheeky advertisement alert: we sell large ice cube/ball moulds). Larger ice chunks melt slower, which means you're not drinking a diluted G&T one minute into your drink.
Garnish is the most underrated element of a home-made G&T. Most people like myself who are lazy would simply cut a small wedge of lime and dump it in. However, to do the gin justice, each gin should have something that complements and brings out the gin. For example, with Monkey 47 - herbal, floral, and intensely fruity, goes well with herbs and fruits such as sage and grapefruit (wheel). Gin Mare - herbal and savoury, goes amazingly well with thyme and orange zest. To avoid looking like a wanker, go easy with the garnish, a touch here and there is enough to enhance the gin.
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