Guide: How to make the perfect Gin & Tonic
Gin and tonic is one of the great classics. Also called a 5 o'clock by connoisseurs, as it is a favorite drink to enjoy when you get home from work. The mouth-watering drink with the few ingredients is absolutely perfect on a hot summer day, but it can also be enjoyed both for autumn and winter celebrations. You can even spice up your Gin and Tonic to suit the season. Read on and find out how to make your Gin and Tonic to perfection.
Gin and tonic is a classic that divides the waters
There are many good reasons why you should make Gin and Tonic a regular part of your bar cupboard. First of all, the drink is a classic. It is refreshing and bubbly. It is super simple to mix yourself and the popular cocktail does not require many ingredients.
The gin and tonic is characterized by its bitter aftertaste. A bitterness that divides the waters - you either love the simple drink, or you can't stand it. For many, it is an 'adult drink' that you learn to enjoy over the years. It is a perfect counterpoint to the sugary drinks we drank throughout our youth and which still dominate the drinks menu.
Gin and tonic - and the right balance
As the name of the drink suggests, a Gin and Tonic is very easy to make. It consists in all its simplicity of gin and tonic water - and preferably a slice of lemon or lime to add a little acidity. But it can be difficult to strike the right balance, and it can also be difficult to find the right products in the forest of gin and tonic water. Over the years, countless types of gin in particular have come on the market, so it's all about finding your personal favourite. Maybe you can be inspired by ours.
2 good gins for your gin and tonic
At PremiumBottles, we have tasted many gins. One of the two gins that has made a big impression here is Isfjord Premium Arctic Gin . Isfjord gin is a silver winner at the blind test for the International Spirits Challenge 2012 and at the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016. The taste is soft and well-balanced with juniper berries and lemongrass, soft notes of angelica root and cardamom. To highlight the flavor of juniper, you can add some dried juniper to the drink. If, on the other hand, you want to dampen the taste, you can throw in a slice of lemon.
Another favorite gin is MALFY GIN , which in record time has become one of the trendiest gins of the time. MALFY GIN comes in 4 exciting flavors: Lemon, Original, Blood Orange and Grapefruit/Rhubarb, with which you can experiment and achieve delicate and complex taste experiences. You will not be disappointed.
The best tonic water for your gin and tonic
Of course, a gin and tonic also requires tonic water. And here, bitterness, sweetness and bubbles can vary greatly from brand to brand. At PremiumBottles, we love Fever-Tree Tonic Water . The main ingredient is quinine from the bark of trees that grow on the border between Congo and Rwanda. The trees produce the world's purest quinine and give the tonic its crisp bitterness. A bitterness that takes hold in a charitable way. The bubbles are gentle and muted and the sweetness is absent compared to other tonic waters, which take on the character of soda in the comparison. Fever-Tree Tonic Water is available in many different flavors, so you can find the tonic water that compliments your gin the best.
Your gin and tonic - with a seasonal twist
Drinks can be seasonal. You have Stella Angelo's Hugo cocktail , which many choose in the summer, and then you have theme party drinks, which go all year round. Gin and Tonic is available all year round, but can be made in different versions depending on the season.
Make an updated version of your Gin and Tonic that is either sweet, spicier or adapted to the season. For Christmas, you can add a little star anise to your drink. This summer, you can make your drink extra fruity with mashed berries or extra sweet by adding a vanilla pod. On this page you can find our recipe for the delicious Gin and Tonic Aromatic Vanilla - you can see this in the link higher up in the text. You can also easily spice up your gin and tonic with a sprig of thyme or rosemary.