The Classic Gin & Tonic
2 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
Lime wedge, for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the gin and the tonic.
Stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Gin & Tonic Recipe Variations
The classic recipe is great but every once in a while it's fun to branch out and try something a little bit different. These recipes all take a few delicious liberties to offer you a whole new kind of gin and tonic experience. Choose the one that looks most interesting to you, or follow our lead and try them all!
2 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
3 cucumber slices
1 sprig rosemary
1 lime wedge's worth of juice
1 splash of soda water
Place cucumber slices at the bottom of a highball glass. Squeeze lime juice into glass and slightly muddle the cucumber. Add sprig of rosemary and fill glass with ice. Add gin, pour in tonic, and finish off with a splash of soda water.
Note: If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, add less tonic water and more soda water.
1¼ oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin
1 bottle tonic water
3 lime wedges
Muddle 3 lime wedges at the bottom of a glass. Add crushed ice. Pour in gin and top with tonic water. Float a couple of dashes of bitters and serve.
Garden & Tonic
1½ oz gin
2 to 3 dashes Fee Brothers Celery Bitters
2 to 3 dashes elderflower or maraschino liqueur
4 to 5 mint leaves
1 slice of cucumber
1 lime wedge
Fill glass with ice. Pour in gin, your dashes of bitters, and liqueur. Add cucumber, mint leaves and lime wedge. Fill remainder of the glass with tonic water and serve.
24 Triple Citrus & Tonic
2 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
Lemon, grapefruit, and orange slices
Fill a glass with ice. Pour all ingredients into the glass and enjoy.
St. Germain Gin & Tonic
Source: Mike Moe, thecellars.com
½ oz St. Germain
1½ oz Death's Door Gin
3 oz tonic water
Lime wedge, for garnish
Fill glass with ice. Add all ingredients and garnish with a lime wedge. Sip slowly and enjoy.
A Most Unusual Gin & Tonic
2 oz Hendrick's Gin
½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 oz coconut water
½ oz Falernum
Tonic water, to taste
Cucumber, lemon, and fresh mint, for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice. Build ingredients, and stir to chill. Garnish with a cucumber, a lemon wheel, and a sprig of fresh mint.
What Your G&T Says About You
The sun shines bright, orange, hot. It's Saturday afternoon. You're mowing the lawn or you're at the mall buying khakis with elastic waistbands or you're just sitting around the pool indulging in a few mid-afternoon man sodas. Whatever the case may be, you suddenly have a thought:
"I need a gin and tonic."
Yes. Best thought ever. A siren song really. A promise to yourself. A message to the best parts of your inner being telling them that you love them and you want them to be happy and you appreciate their seemingly endless reservoirs of patience. Truly, the gin and tonic is the oasis of summer. A shimmering diamond in your decidedly undiamond-like day of to-do lists and errands. This is not a want. It is need, pure and hard.
So you make a plan, set yourself a goal. You'll dig deep and finish up the front lawn or stop at one more store where your wife has a coupon for 35¢ off cereal. You're a team player and a reasonable man. But you're not a robot. It's just about time for you to take back your Saturday by putting a comfortable seat beneath your ass and a cool, refreshing cocktail classic in your hand.
You persevere and the moment arrives. Gin, tonic, lime, ice. Sounds simple enough, right? But in those four words lie a staggering multitude of taste possibilities. The G&T is a democratic drink. It doesn't force itself on you. It doesn't make you come to it. Instead, it comes to you and offers itself up to your flavor fancies. Each of those four things (gin, tonic, lime, and ice) has its own distinct variables. The combinations and permutations ensure that you'll find something that knocks on the door of your taste buds, says "Hello, is anyone home?" and then proceeds to break in and run gleefully rampant as you desperately search for someone to high five.
But who wants to waste time figuring out where to start? No one, that's who. So, we at KegWorks thought we'd give you some suggestions based on nothing more than broad generalizations. Enjoy!
|If you're a lover of anything boozy and wet...||Whatever's closest and easiest to open.||More gin.||The only thing you've got in your fridge is ketchup and Keystone Light.||Is for suckers.|
|If you feel most at home in a crappy bar...||Barton's, Gordon's, or something else likely to give you a soul-sucking hangover.||Syrupy sweet, tonic-like substance from the soda gun.||The brownest of dry, browning leftover limes.||Chipped cubes of questionable hygiene.|
|If you're a recent college grad...||Seagram's or, if you're one of the loan-free lucky ones, maybe even Seagram's Distillers Reserve.||Whatever's on the shelf in the grocery store.||Why are limes so expensive?||Yes! I've got ice because I'm responsible enough to fill the tray. But just barely.|
|If you're beginning to piece things together a little bit...||You're operating in the standard Bombay, Tanqueray, Beefeater (BTB) arena here.||Still sticking with the generic stuff.||You're aware of the crucial role played by citrus garnishes and have stocked up accordingly.||Ice and water on your freezer door. That's the good life.|
|If you're smarter than your friends...||Stick with something respectable but don't go crazy. Probably jump up to Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick's, or Plymouth.||Premium tonic. The best secret ingredient that isn't really a secret.||Yeah, you've got a lime. But how about a little dash of lime bitters?
|A chilled glass and cubes poured from your Brita filter.|
|You're a master mixologist who never misses a trick...||Honestly, we don't even know. Kensington London Dry? Old Raj? Something floral, heavily junipered, and life changing.||You've been preaching the premium tonic gospel for years. It's about time people started listening.||Sure you've got limes and bitters, but you probably also have some other trick up your sleeve. Let's be friends.||King Cubes. Slow-melting, drink-chilling perfection.|