The Perfect G&T

There can be few things as perfect as enjoying an ice-cold gin and tonic, particularly in the summer months. In fact, Britain has such a deep love for the drink fondly known since ancient times as ‘Mothers’ Ruin’ that, in 2019, UK domestic sales reached £2.6bn*.  Gin is also thought to have been the best-selling spirit online during the lockdown period.


What makes the perfect G&T?  Well, you have to have the right glass – opinion is split on this, some connoisseurs prefer a balloon glass, others prefer a tumbler or wine glass.  Whichever receptacle you choose, you need to ensure that you can fit a healthy quantity of ice in it (as much as you can – this will mean less room for tonic, so as not to drown the taste of the gin).


How much gin should you use?  We would recommend a standard measure of around 25ml, however, if you have no way of accurately measuring, using a half-filled shot glass or an egg cup can provide a measure that is (sort of) spot on.  Mixologists usually recommend a ratio of one-part gin to three parts-tonic, but this is down to individual taste.


Talking of tonic, we here at Neptune only ever use a quality tonic, such as Fever Tree to complement our gin, however if you drink a lot of G&Ts, tonic can take its toll on both your waistline and your blood sugar, so you may want to consider using the ‘light’ version.  There are lots of wonderfully flavoured tonics available these days, however if you are going for one of the more complex, flavoured gins, experiment with different tonics or seek advice from a friendly mixologist as to what works well together.  


Lastly, get creative with your garnish; the humble gin and tonic has come a long way since the days of a tumbler of Gordon’s (which is still a fine brand), a slug of Schweppes and a slice of lemon or lime.  Nowadays people are using all sorts of lovely, flavoursome things such as cucumber, strawberries, rosemary, chillies, mint and even orange peel or ginger.


Above all, don’t be afraid to break with convention and try something different.  Gin is basically made from juniper berries and other botanicals, but there are literally hundreds of different brands and subtle flavour varieties to be found on the shelves and online.  


*Source: Beverage Daily dotcom

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