Gin and Tonic Recipe

Gin and tonic
Claire Cohen
Ratings (62)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
198 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Classic and easy, the gin and tonic 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 good 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 a great drink 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.

If you are not a fan of gin, there is always the vodka tonic.


Steps to Make It

In a highball glass filled with ice cubes, pour the gin then top it with tonic.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Improve Your Gin & Tonic

The gin and tonic may be simple but it's also a great foundation for a little experimentation. With a few changes here and there, you can create an entirely new drink and you will never be bored.

Add juice. An ounce of a common fruit juice like apple, cranberry, or orange can add a nice splash of flavor to the average G&T. This will sweeten it ever so slightly and take out that drier flavor profile which turns some drinkers away from the drink.

Add a syrup or liqueur. Another way to add a hint of flavor to the G&T is to add 1/2 ounce or so of your favorite liqueur or flavored syrup. Raspberries, strawberries, and mango are great options and amaretto makes a semi-sweet G&T. You can even turn to that trusted bottle of grenadine to sweeten things up.

Enhance the lime. A lime wedge is served with almost any G&T and it's a fantastic way to add a hint of citrus to the drink. You can get the most juice 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.

Switch out the gin. There is a fantastic array of gins to choose from today and your G&T 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. Yet, you can also opt for the cucumber of Hendrick's, the florals of Aviation, or the soft sweetness of Hayman's Old Tom Gin.

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 pour of 5 ounces 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.