The gin and tonic – the classic British summer time drink that is enjoying a huge wave of popularity.
The market is jam packed with different flavoured gins and hundreds of tonics
The story of the gin and tonic started when the British took over the Indian subcontinent. Many British people moved to India but contracted malaria. They were treated with quinine (an extract from the cinchona tree), which was mixed with sugar and water to make it more palatable – creating tonic water. Gin was added to the drink to take away from the bitterness of the tonic, and hey presto – the much loved G&T.
Nowadays with the gin boom well underway (did you know that last year we consumed the equivalent of 1.12 billion G&Ts!), the market is jam packed with different flavoured gins and hundreds of tonics with their own flavour profiles so how do you know what goes with what?
We’ve put together some simple pairings so this World Gin Day (Saturday 8 June) you can serve up the very best G&Ts.
The botanicals that make up each gin determine the flavour, so it’s worth noting the botanicals in your favourite gin before deciding on your tonic. Sometimes a tonic and garnish that contrasts with the botanicals can work just as well as ones that have very similar flavours.
Tanqueray no. 10
Tanqueray no. 10 is first distilled using fresh oranges, limes and grapefruit, then coriander, angelica, liquorice, camomile flowers and more limes are added.
The very citrusy flavours pair well with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water and a large grapefruit peel.
Bombay Sapphire combines ten exotic botanicals to create a light, fresh and delicate flavour. The Mediterranean lemon peel botanical means it pairs perfectly with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water. Garnish with thin lemon peel.
Hendricks has floral notes from the addition of Bulgarian rose petals and a fresh finish from a cucumber infusion. Hendrick's fans will knows that a slice of cucumber is the ideal garnish, and we like it paired with Schweppes Tonic Water.
Due to the soft water it’s made with, Plymouth Gin is a bit sweeter than classic London dry gins. It has deep earthy notes and a citrusy punch. Mixologists say that Plymouth Gin works really well in Dry Martinis, and we think the sweetness would pair well with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water, or a less sweet Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water.
The botanicals in Greenall's are juniper, angelica (which gives earthy notes), lemon for citrus and coriander seeds for an element of spice. We like Greenalls with a classic tonic water like Schweppes or Fever Tree. And don’t forget a wedge of lime.
Martin Miller's has a perfect balance of juniper and citrus meaning it is pretty versatile. We like it with the Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water as it brings out the floral notes in the gin. Garnish with pink grapefruit or even strawberry!