|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 serving|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Classic and easy, the gin and tonic (or G&T) is light and refreshing. It's a simple mixed drink—requiring just the two ingredients—and is perfect for happy hour, dinner, or anytime you simply want an invigorating beverage.
The best gin and tonic is made with a quality gin, especially those with a slight citrus flavor and a great blend of botanicals. Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray are two brands that will always be G&T favorites. It also stands up to many of the less expensive gins, which is why it's an excellent cocktail to turn to when you want to save a little money.
One thing to keep in mind is that your gin and tonic is only as good as both the gin and the tonic. Explore some of the great tonic waters that have sprung up thanks to this drink's resurgence in popularity. Q Drinks and Fever-Tree are two soda brands worth checking out because they were designed specifically for mixed drinks like this.
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Gather the ingredients.
In a highball glass filled with ice cubes, pour the gin, then top with tonic.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
- A lime wedge is almost always served with the gin and tonic, and it's a fantastic way to add a hint of citrus. Get the most out of it by running the wedge around the rim of the glass, squeeze the juice into the drink, then drop the wedge in.
- To add even more lime flavor, squeeze in the juice from a second wedge or add a splash of lime cordial before topping it with tonic.
- There is a fantastic array of gins to choose from today. Your gin and tonic can become an entirely new experience with every new bottle you pour.
- For a traditional G&T, a London dry gin like Beefeater is a good choice. You can also opt for the cucumber of Hendrick's, the florals of Aviation, or the soft sweetness of Hayman's Old Tom Gin.
The gin and tonic may be simple but it's also a great foundation for experimentation. With a few changes here and there, you can create an entirely new drink and you will never be bored.
- If you are not a fan of gin, there is always the vodka tonic.
- Whiskey drinkers will enjoy the leprechaun with Irish whiskey.
- A splash of fruit juice, such as apple, cranberry, or orange, adds a hint of flavor and sweetness to this typically dry drink.
- Another option is to add 1/2 ounce or so of your favorite liqueur or flavored syrup. Amaretto makes a semi-sweet gin and tonic, or enjoy a garden-fresh strawberry tonic with homemade syrup (it works for other fruits, too). You can even turn to that trusted bottle of grenadine.
- Muddle raspberries, mango, or other fresh fruits in the glass before building the drink.
- Infuse extra flavor into the gin or vodka. The autumn spiced tonic recipe uses apple, pear, and cinnamon for vodka and there are many gin infusions that are an excellent base for tonic as well.
How Strong Is the Gin & Tonic?
The gin and tonic can be as light or as strong as you want to make it. The strength is controlled by the amount of tonic you pour. With the average 5-ounce pour of tonic and an 80-proof gin, the drink weighs in around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It's a very casual drink, which is why it's a favorite for dinner.