How to Make The Perfect Gin and Tonic

A Delightful Tipple to Enjoy

I have a claim to fame: I am an expert in the perfection of pouring a gin and tonic to rival all others. How do I know this? The simple logic behind such a statement: I have been pouring this particular bevy since a very tender age. Not for me, for my parents (no they are not alcoholics, the simply drink like Irish people. Why? because they are Irish people).

The simple fact is, once I pour a gin and tonic the receiver of my alcoholic delight is lost for words, well other than asking for another one that is. I am always elected the chief gin and tonic maker and am persistently told no one makes a G&T quite like me! And of course I totally agree. I am the proud owner of a gin and tonic only fridge which of course only ever has gin and tonic cooling in it. I have the selected gin and tonic glasses, ice bucket, tongs and measure. In fact I have the T-shirt, no really I have. It bears the logo 'I make the best G&T'.

I know, I know, you are now wondering: how do you make this delightful gin and tonic tipple? Boys and girls, let me share...

A little TLC of course.

  • T for Tonic
  • L for Lime
  • C for Cubes of ice

I am pretty sure you're getting the idea that I make a really good gin and tonic. But, hey. Don't take my word for it. Try out my recipe and my method and let the result speak for itself.

You will need the following...

The Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Gordon's gin or a good quality gin, straight from the fridge
  • cold tonic water, it has to be Schweppes and has to be fresh (cans are best)
  • ice cubes (frozen to within an inch of their life, not just made an hour ago)
  • fresh juicy lime slices or wedges
  • a clean slim jim (tall slim glass, like the picture)
  • a 50 ml measure

Firstly:

Please, please make sure your measure is void of all other liquids. I recently had the misfortune to find my G&T tainted by olive oil. Said guest now knows where the teaspoons are and is eternally banned from ever, ever making me a G&T again. Absolute madness to use an alcoholic measure for anything else other than measuring alcohol. If you do this: stop it now.

Method:

  • Rub your lime wedge lightly around the rim of your slim jim (always make sure your glasses are pristine clean).
  • Squeeze a little juice from the lime wedge into your glass before dropping the wedge in.
  • Add 4 large ice cubes.
  • Pour in 50 ml of cold Gordon's gin and top with cold Schweppes tonic.
  • Take a moment to savor the image of your perfect G&T.

Bartender's Tip:

If your limes are a little on the dry side put them in the microwave for a few seconds. This will soften the skin and release more juice.

In the Summer months put your slim jim glasses in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before you need them. A cold glass will prevent your ice cubes from melting too quickly hence prevent your gin from becoming watery.

Other Gins:

Once you have mastered the perfect Gordon's gin and tonic you might like to graduate and stretch your imagination. Try Bombay Sapphire gin instead of Gordon's gin. Albeit it is more expensive. I pay about 18€ here. However for those of you that like a smoother alcohol, Bombay Sapphire is indeed a smooth liquid and is a good gin for your tonic. This bevy also needs to be served cold. Follow the guide lines for the G&T replacing Gordon's gin with the Bombay gin.

Another gin is Hendrick's gin with a mild flavor of cucumber. This bevy is very good served with crushed ice and sliced cucumber. In fact this gin is so smooth, you can enjoy Hendrick's without the tonic. Do remember if you choose to leave the tonic in the fridge your staying power will be a little on the short side, so take it easy. The down side for me with this smooth cucumber is the cost. A bottle of Gordon's gin sets me back about 9€ while Hendrick's is about 30€. That is a pretty expensive bottle of gin. Perhaps for a special occasion the cost is worth it.

There is one other thing I must mention about Hendrick's gin; not every one likes the flavor (it even says so on the bottle, not that people don't like it, but that it's a particular flavor). It seems an acquired taste is necessary. I have found that I have the necessary acquirement, the taste that is.

At least you know what to buy me for my birthday! Yep! A bottle of Hendrick's gin.

© 2010 Gabriel Wilson

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Gabriel Wilson 3 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

It's also the expense; sure there are other gins but they cost a small fortune. Leopolds; Rusty Blade; Martin Miller's Gin; Tanqueray No 10 Gin and Citadelle French Gin for example are all good quality gins but you won't buy them for 9€. Hendrick's is a top class gin and and by no means mediocre. By all means if you've got the dosh go for it.


Josh 3 years ago

I would branch out on the gins. Bombay, Gordon's and Hendricks are all pretty mediocre. Schwepps is as well for that matter. A good starting point though I guess.


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Gabriel Wilson 4 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

I will certainly give it a try; tanx for the info :)


Stephen Watson 4 years ago

"it has to be Schweppes" ... Well I thought that once, until I tried Fever Tree tonic water. Do a direct tasting between the two and you will never touch Schweppes again.


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Gabriel Wilson 4 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hello there, what great info! I will be honest I do like a good whiskey. I'm partial to a Glenfiddich now and then. I will check out the site. Thank you for the tip and for your time :)


lower saxon taff 4 years ago

Hi Gabriel,

I absolutely love Gordons (its mid range price but still on top for taste)!! Personally I don't think you can get better than Gordons for a G&T, Bombay Saff' and the like are a bit over powering on the botanics side of things, but still a nice drop, I think you should try some of Penderyn distillery's Brecon Gin....its superb (Im from Wales but im not being biased)!!! It also won the IWSC gold medal last year (2011)!! I can't get it where I live so have to order it online(try the whisky too, its wonderful....and im not a fan of whiskies in general) you have to go to www.welsh-whisky.co.uk


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Gabriel Wilson 4 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hi Mavis. I have never heard or seen this gin, is it available in Europe? I'm not sure about drinking neat gin, I might end up a little worse for wear, although I'm willing to be proved wrong. Thank you for your comment and your info, very interesting. Will I be converted? Watch this space :)


Mavis Gulliver 4 years ago

Come on now! Gordon's? I'm one of the botanists involved in The Botanist gin from Bruichladdich distillery. If you haven't tried it please do - it's so flavoursome with its 22 Islay botanicals that some people drink it neat instead of whisky. As for adding ice - no need to dilute it further. Keep bottle and tonic in the fridge - and as for adding lemon or lime or anything else The Botanist doesn't need it.

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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

I love Margaritas. I agree; keep the table salt where it belongs. On the table. :-)


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Same for properly made Margaritas. You don't want to know what happens when my pre-dinner 'rita arrives with no sea salt on the rim...or gawdforbid, rimmed with regular table salt. ;D


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Ahh! but once you've had a chilled G&T with lime around the rim, there is no going back.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

This former bartender is embarrassed to admit that I never knew to chill the ingredients of a G&T, or to run the lime around the rim. Obviously, my G&T customers had never had one of yours and didn't know the difference! ;D


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electricsky 5 years ago from North Georgia

Thanks for your hub.


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Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Trust me, you will never just add tonic again. The perfect G&T is an art in itself.


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Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Wow,I never knew there was more to a gin and tonic than simply adding the tonic to a tot of gin! Will have to try this one!


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Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

that's great, welcome back to the G&T brigade!


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Jeff Berndt 6 years ago from Southeast Michigan

Oh, mate, thanks a million! I just made a G&T with your recipe/technique and it's brilliant. What was I doing wrong before? My gin (even though it was quality stuff, Bombay Sapphire) wasn't chilled and I hadn't been rubbing the wedge around the rim. Surprising how much difference those little details can make, eh?


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Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

remember to use a good quality gin too, and you'll be back on the G&T A list for sure


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I used to drink only G&T maybe now I will have to try it again with your recipe


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Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

the cold gin and cold tonic make a real difference, as does the lime on the rim of your glass,


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Jeff Berndt 6 years ago from Southeast Michigan

Nice advice. My G&Ts have been lackluster in the past. I'll have a go at this method next time.

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