Best Gin and Tonic Recipe
How to make a perfect gin and tonic. We share all our picks including the best gin and the perfect gin tonic ratio. Skip to the gin and tonic cocktail recipe or read on for our preparation tips.
How to make the perfect gin and tonic
The key to a good gin and tonic recipe is to balance the bitterness of the tonic with that of the gin. Never try one more than the other.
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What type of gin should I use to make a gin and tonic?
When making gin and tonics, choose a medium to high quality gin. A London Dry Gin (e.g. Beefeater), Plymouth or Bombay is well suited. London Dry Gins have a simpler taste, while Plymouth Gins are a bit more aromatic. We also used Bombay Sapphire and loved it, but really appreciated the added crackle of Sapphire.
What is the best tonic for gin and tonic?
I prefer the tonic water which is sold in small serving bottles. The tonic is fresh and you don’t lose any effervescence. Lots of people swear by Schweppes, but we can’t say we’ve noticed enough of a difference to specify. We particularly like the Fever Tree and Q Toner.
For a low-calorie cocktail, you can use a light tonic. The light tonic doesn’t have as much flavor as the regular tonic, but it helps reduce calories. You can also wash down regular toner with some club soda or mineral water.
What is the best ratio of gin and tonic?
A gin and tonic should be crisp and refreshing, never alcoholic or heavy. After some research, the proportions may vary. Some enjoy equal parts gin and tonic, others cut the gin and double the tonic. We liked it in the middle which kept the drink light and crisp but still aromatic from the gin.
Should I use lime?
A classic gin and tonic needs fresh lime. It should be refreshing and never lose flavor. Fresh lime helps with this and brightens everything up. If you don’t have lime, lemon is a great substitute.
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Updated recipe originally posted December 2012. Since it was posted in 2012 we have changed the recipe for clarity. – Adam and Joanne
The best gin and tonic recipe
The best gin and tonic balances the bitterness of the tonic water with the flavors of the gin. A London Dry Gin (e.g. Beefeater), Plymouth or Bombay is well suited. London Dry Gins have a simpler taste, while Plymouth Gins are a bit more aromatic. We also used Bombay Sapphire and loved it, but really appreciated the added crackle of Sapphire.
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) gin
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
4 ounces (1/2 cup) tonic water
slice or slice of lime
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- Adjust the amount of gin in our recipe to how strong you enjoy your cocktails.
- If you really want to up your game, make some homemade tonic ice cubes. That way they won’t be diluted with water when they melt in your drink.
- Nutritional Facts: The nutritional values given below are estimates. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 glass / calories 269 / protein 0g / carbohydrates 12g / fiber 0g / total sugar 11g / total fat 0g / Saturated Fatty Acids 0g / cholesterol 0 mg
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