Gin and Tonic - Is a Simple and Refreshing Cocktail

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Gin and Tonic - Is a Simple and Refreshing Cocktail

The quintessential summer cocktail, a gin and tonic is simple in ingredients and yet endlessly customizable. Let's take a look at how to make your perfect summer or anytime cocktail!

In its basic form, a gin and tonic balances both the woody juniper berry flavor found in a London Dry style gin with the slightly sweet and bitter taste of tonic water.

It is served in a tall glass, which holds about 10 ounces and usually includes a few squeezes of lime.

London Dry Gin vs. american style gin

Order a G&T while you're out and about, and you'll usually get one made with a London Dry-style gin.

Brands in this category include Beefeater, Tanqueray, and Fords Gin (my favorite and the one I use here in the recipe).

Dry gins have a strong, crisp juniper flavor and have no added flavors or colors after being distilled. "Dried" refers to the fact that they are not sweetened.

On the other side of the gin spectrum are the newer "Western", "Modern" or "American" style gins that began appearing in the mid-2000s.

This style of gin enhances the juniper flavor in various degrees (although, because it is labeled “gin”, the bottle has to include it).

Two of the pioneering brands to launch this popular style are Hendrick's, with its cucumber and rose palate, and Aviation, which has an abundance of spicy, citrus and floral aromas.

My favorite of these styles is Val's Botanical Gin with flavors of cucumber, lemon, sage, and lavender.

What kind of tonic water to use for a gin and tonic?

There are a variety of tonic water options available on the market these days, but not all styles will work with your gin. Look for complementary flavors when pairing.

  • Classic Tonic, you can also see this listed as "Indian Tonic" is flavored with the classic bitter quinine. Look for brands like Fever-Tree, Schweppes, and Q-Tonic.
  • Buy tonic syrup to make your own tonic water! Jack Rudy's Tonic Syrup allows you to add just the right amount of tonic "taste" to your sparkling water.
  • There are also flavored tonics – these bottles have a variety of flavors available on the market, from elderflower to citrus, from cucumber to “Mediterranean” style, with flavors of rosemary and thyme.
  • Look for brands like Fever-Tree, Fentimans, Q-Tonic and more.


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (Ford's Gin was used for this recipe)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces tonic water (I used Q Tonic for this recipe)

To decorate

  • lemon slices


Fill the glass with ice:

Fill a tall glass 2/3 full with ice.

Make your own gin and tonic:

Pour the gin and lemon juice into the glass. Cover with tonic water. Stir gently with a cocktail shaker or toothpick to combine.

Decorate and serve:

Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

Enjoy this simple video on how to make gin and tonic

Source: Cocktail Chemistry

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