31 Ways To Make Perfect Gin and Tonic (Sophisticated & Superb)

31 Ways To Make Perfect Gin and Tonic (Sophisticated & Superb)

Have you taken a sip of gin and tonic before? Or you are a gin lover?

Whichever, here are 31 ways to make perfect gin and tonic. Some of the twists are delicious, some are floral, some are a bit unusual whilst some are just crazy.

Make your choice and give them a go. Let us know which ones you like, any either suggestions for your Gin and Tonic

Though Gin and tonic is common to British but are gradually spreading over the world nowadays because of its cool and refreshing nature.  It is very nice taken it after a hectic day at work.

The key to making perfect G & T lies in the quality and measurement of your ingredients, which include Gin, Tonic, Ice, and Garnish(s). Even the glasses in which you serve your gin and tonic also have a part to play in your experience.

31 Ways To Make Perfect Gin And Tonic  

1. Normal Gin and Tonic with Lime wedges

  • 2 ounces (60ml) good-quality gin Tanqueray or Sapphire
  • 4 ounces (120ml) good-quality tonic water Indian tonic or Two keys
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Highball Glass

Method

  1. Fill your glass with ice, all the way to the top.
  2. Add your gin and the tonic water.
  3. Squeeze two lime wedges into your cocktail and stir well to combine.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with a sprig of mint if desired. 

2. Grapefruit & Pink Peppercorn

  • 30ml grapefruit juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 30ml simple syrup (optional, depending on how tart you like your drink)
  • 40ml gin
  • Tonic, to top up
  • Handful of pink peppercorns

Method

  1. Fill your glass with ice and add your remaining ingredients. (To make simple syrup, gently simmer equal parts sugar and water until for about 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and you have a syrup)
  2. Stir gently until the drink is well combined and chilled. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

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3. Watermelon Gin & Tonic

  • Fresh lime
  • 30ml gin
  • 4-5 cubes of fresh watermelon
  • Tonic water

Method

  1. Put a few good squeezes of lime juice into your glass, then add a few fresh slices of the lime to your glass.
  2. Fill your glass with plenty of ice cubes.
  3. Add a handful of freshly sliced cubes or wedges of watermelon. Pour over your gin and tonic water.
  4. Stir for a minute to help the watermelon flavor infuse and to chill the drink.
  5. Garnish with more lime or lemon slices, and a sprig of mint, if desired.

4. Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin & Tonic

  • 3 strawberries
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 45ml gin (go for a neutral or citrussy one)
  • Tonic water (You could also use Elderflower tonic, for a sweeter drink)

Method

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries.
  2. Slice in half, or into quarters if they’re big.
  3. Muddle the strawberries with a good twist of freshly ground black pepper in a shaker, then pour into an ice-filled glass.
  4. Stir in the gin and top with tonic.
  5. Garnish with a strawberry and serve!

5. Peach & Thyme Gin and Tonic

  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic
  • 3-4 fresh peach slices (orange, mango and nectarine also work in this recipe)
  • Sprig of fresh thyme

Method

  1. Pour your gin and tonic over ice and add your peach slices.
  2. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
  3. For a stronger peach flavor, you can blitz the fruit in a blender and strain it into the glass before adding your other ingredients, then stirring until the drink infuses with the juice.

6. Cucumber, Lime, Elderflower & Basil Gin & Tonic

  • 50ml gin
  • 125 ml tonic water
  • 15ml Elderflower liqueur
  • Half a lime
  • Half a cucumber
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves

Method

  1. Slice thin ribbons of cucumber and place in a highball glass.
  2. Gently add a handful of ice cubes. Squeeze half a lime’s juice into a cocktail shaker (or separate container) and add your gin, a splash of Elderflower liqueur, a few leaves of basil, and a few cucumber chunks.
  3. Muddle the ingredients well, and then add ice. Shake well, then strain into your glass.
  4. Top with tonic and garnish with a few more basil leaves.

7. Elderflower and Lemon Gin & Tonic

  • A good squeeze of lemon juice
  • 20ml Elderflower liqueur (or cordial)
  • 50ml gin
  • 110ml tonic

Method

  1. Add all your ingredients into a glass over lots of ice and stir gently until chilled and combined.
  2. Elderflower tonic, Lemonade or Prosecco work well as alternatives to tonic water here!
  3. Garnish with a sprig of elderflowers or a slice of lemon.

8. Roasted Pineapple Gin & Tonic

  • 2 pineapple wheels
  • 50ml gin
  • 70ml pineapple juice
  • Tonic water, to top up
  • 1 lime (Optional)

Method

  1. Grill, griddle or BBQ the pineapple wheels for 5 minutes before turning them over. Continue grilling until they are lightly browned, smoky and caramelized.
  2. Cut one wheel of pineapple into wedges and muddle it into your cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice, gin, and juice. Shake for two minutes.
  4. Strain into a glass with ice. Top up with tonic water (prosecco is also delicious as an alternative to tonic here) and garnish with the remaining grilled pineapple wheel and/or a mint leaf.
  5. You can add a squeeze of lime if the drink is a little sweet for you.
  6. Tinned pineapple chunks are probably too wet to grill, but you could use them in the recipe without grilling!

9. Pink Rose Gin & Tonic

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 30ml simple syrup infused with 1 tsp rosewater
  • 40ml gin
  • 100ml tonic
  • Rose petals, to garnish

Method

  1. To make your simple syrup, simply simmer equal parts sugar and water with 1tsp rosewater for 5-10 minutes until the sugar dissolves and you have a clear syrup.
  2. Wait until it cools to add to your glass or shaker. Add the rest of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and or glass with ice and shake or stir for a minute.
  3. Pour over a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh rose petals and a slice of lemon.

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10. Fresh Cherry Gin and Tonic

  • Handful of ripe sweet cherries
  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic (or to taste)
  • Fresh lime

Method

  1. Remove the stones from the cherries then put them in a bowl or mixing glass and muddle them lightly.
  2. Add lots of ice to your glass along with the muddled cherries, gin, tonic and a few good squeezes of juice from the lime (adjust according to how tart you like your G&T).
  3. Stir gently for a minute or two, until the juice from the cherries has mingled well with the gin/tonic mixture and the drink is chilled.
  4. Add a cherry on a stick or a slice of lime to garnish and serve.

11. Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Gin and Tonic

  • 50ml gin
  • 115 ml tonic
  • 30ml herb-infused honey or simple syrup (see below)
  • 2 sprigs of thyme and/or rosemary
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1 lemon

Method

  1. Gently simmer the honey (or a simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar) with the thyme, rosemary and sage for roughly 5 minutes (Add a little more water if it starts to get too thick).
  2. You can also use just one or two of the herbs instead of all three, if you prefer.
  3. Once the honey or simple syrup is cool, add it to a glass filled with ice along with the gin, tonic, and a squeeze of lemon, then stir for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Add a twist of lemon peel and/or a little sprig of any of the herbs, to garnish.

12. Pink Raspberry & Lime Gin and Tonic

  • Handful of ripe raspberries
  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic (or to taste)
  • Fresh lime

Method

  1. Muddle the raspberries very lightly.
  2. Add lots of ice to your shaker or glass along with the muddled raspberries, gin, tonic and a few good squeezes of juice from the lime.
  3. Stir or shake for 30 seconds, until the juice from the raspberries has mingled well with the gin/tonic mixture and the drink is chilled.
  4. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a slice of lime.
  5. You could use pink gin for this recipe if desired.

13. Blackberry Gin & Tonic

  • Handful of ripe blackberries
  • Juice of half a lime or lemon
  • 30ml simple syrup
  • 40ml gin
  • 90ml tonic

Method

  1. Save a few blackberries for the garnish.
  2. Fill your drinking glass with ice.
  3. In a separate glass or cocktail shaker, muddle the remaining blackberries with the lime juice, then add more ice, the simple syrup, and gin.
  4. Shake or stir using a long spoon until the ingredients are well combined and the color and juices of the blackberries have infused the mixture.
  5. Strain the liquid into your drinking glass to get rid of the pips.
  6. Now add tonic and stir gently.
  7. Garnish with a few blackberries on a cocktail pick or a twist of lime peel.

14. Spiced Orange & Cinnamon G&T

  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic
  • Fresh orange slices (plus peel, to garnish)
  • Fresh ground nutmeg
  • Cinnamon stick

Method

  1. Pour gin and tonic into a glass over plenty of ice.
  2. Add in a few orange slices, a little sprinkle of ground nutmeg (optional) and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  3. Don’t use dried ground cinnamon.
  4. Sloe gin and Christmas-spiced gin work well in this recipe.

15. Red Chilli, Lime & Coriander G&T

  • 1 red chilli
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic water (or to taste)
  • Coriander leaves to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Slit the chilli lengthwise and scrape out and remove the seeds and pith.
  2. Slice and muddle gently in a glass.
  3. Add ice, lime juice and gin.
  4. Top with tonic and stir gently until chilled.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves if using.

16. Blueberry + Mint Gin and Tonic

  • Handful fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Few squeezes of lime juice
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 50ml gin
  • 125ml tonic water (or to taste)

Method

  1. Muddle a few blueberries lightly in a glass.
  2. Add ice, gin, tonic, lime juice and stir gently until chilled and a little of the juice has infused the drink.
  3. Add a few mint leaves (and a slice of lime, if desired) to garnish.

Source: cratfginclub.com

17. Cucumber Gin and Tonic

  • Cucumber
  • 2 part gin
  • 1 part tonic water syrup
  • 3 parts sparkling water

Methods

  1. Cut two round slices from the middle of medium sized cucumber – scale at will – and then cut them in really thin straws. 
  2. Get a glass and put 4 ice cubes on it along with the cucumber slices.
  3. Add 2 parts gin
  4. Add 1 part tonic water syrup
  5. Add 3 parts sparkling water

Source: Fernando Fonseca

18. Watermelon + Mint Gin and Tonic

  • ½ cup watermelon chunks
  • 3 tbsp mint leaves
  • ½ lime
  • 1 tot of Bombay sapphire gin
  • Schweppes tonic water (200ml)
  • Watermelon slice for the garnish
  • Mint leaves for the garnish

Method

  1. Muddle the watermelon chunks and mint leaves
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture
  3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice
  4. Add the tot of gin
  5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water
  6. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and mint leaves. Enjoy!

19. Blueberry + Thyme Gin and Tonic

  • 2tbsp blueberries
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • ½ lime
  • 1 tot of Bombay Sapphire gin
  • Schweppes tonic water (200ml)
  • Frozen blueberries for the garnish
  • A sprig of thyme for garnish

Method

  1. Muddle the Blueberry and thyme
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture
  3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice
  4. Add the tot of gin
  5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water
  6. Garnish with frozen Blueberry and a sprig of thyme. Enjoy!

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20. Cucumber + Basil Gin and Tonic

  • 5 Cucumber slices
  • 3 to 4 leaves of Basil
  • 1 tot of Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 200ml Schweppes tonic water
  • Cucumber slice for the garnish
  • Fresh Basil leaves for the garnish

Method

  1. Muddle the Cucumber and Basil leaves
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture
  3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice
  4. Add the tot of gin
  5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water
  6. Garnish with a slice of Cucumber and Basil leaves. Enjoy!

21. Spicy Kiwi + Pineapple

  • ¼ cup fresh Kiwi, chopped
  • ¼ cup pineapple chunks
  • ½ tsp jalapeno
  • ½ lime
  • 1 tot of Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 200ml Schweppes tonic water
  • Pineapple slice for the garnish
  • Jalapeno for the garnish
  • Mint leaves for the garnish

Method

  1. Muddle the Kiwi, Pineapple and Jalapeno
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the muddled mixture
  3. Strain the muddled mixture, pour the strained mixture over crushed ice
  4. Add the tot of gin
  5. Top with the Schweppes tonic water
  6. Garnish with a slice of Kiwi, Jalapeno and Mint leaves. Enjoy!

Source: Foodies of South Africa

22. Pomegranate + Rosemary Gin and Tonic

  • 2 ounces gin (any gin of your choice)
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 2 ounces Pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeeze lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Lime wedges
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Method

  1. Fill a glass with a few Pomegranate arils and crushed ice.
  2. Pour the gin over the ice, then tonic.
  3. Stir in the pomegranate and lime juice and lime wedges.
  4. Stir a few times to combine.
  5. Serve immediately with Rosemary Sprig popped in and Pomegranate arils sprinkled on top.

Source: howsweeteats.com

23. Berry Valley Tonic

  • 2 oz Half Moon Orchard Gin
  • 1 Tbsp local berry jam
  • 4 oz Q tonic
  • Lime wheel
  • Mint sprig

Method

  1. Put Half Moon and jam in shaker with ice and shake until all jam is mixed, then strain over fresh ice in Collins glass.
  2. Top with tonic.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

Source: hvmag.com

24. Lemon + Mint Gin and Tonic

  • One large glass
  • One measure of good gin
  • Half a measure of white or ruby port
  • Two to three measures of good tonic water
  • One slice of lime
  • One slice of lemon
  • A small handful of fresh mint leaves, slightly crushed
  • Lots of ice, cubed

Method

  1. Rinse the glass
  2. Load the glass with the ice
  3. Add the lemon and lime slices and the crushed mint leaves
  4. Pour in the gin
  5. Pour in the port
  6. Pour in the tonic water
  7. No shaking or stirring required. Enjoy!

Source: Stan Harris

25. Apple Gin and Tonic

  • A balloon Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Slice of red Apple

Method

  1. Fill your balloon glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Garnish with 4 slice of red Apple.

26.  Thyme Sprigs

  • A balloon Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Thyme sprigs

Method

  1. Fill your balloon glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

27. Rose Water + Rose Sprigs Gin and Tonic

  • A balloon Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Rose water
  • Some Rose sprigs

Method

  1. Fill your balloon glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Top it up rose water
  5. Garnish with rose sprigs.

28. Fresh cardamom Gin and Tonic

  • A Highball Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Some crushed fresh cardamom

Method

  1. Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Garnish with some fresh cardamom (crushed).

29. Fresh Lavender Gin and Tonic

  • A balloon Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Some lavender for a garnish

Method

  1. Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Garnish with fresh Lavender. Enjoy!

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30.  Blackberry + Red Apple Gin and Tonic

  • A Highball glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Blackberry fruit
  • 2 slice of red Apple

Method

  1. Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Garnish with 2 slice of red Apple and Blackberry fruit.

31. Cranberry + Fresh Lime Gin and Tonic

  • A balloon Glass
  • 50ml of Bombay Sapphire
  • Quality tonic water
  • Cranberry juice
  • Half slice lime

Method

  1. Fill your balloon glass with ice cubes
  2. Add 50ml gin
  3. Top it up with tonic water
  4. Top it up with some cranberry juice
  5. Squeeze in some lime juice
  6. Garnish with lime wedges

Other Garnishes For Your Perfect Gin and Tonic

Below are some of the other garnishes you use to tweak your gin and tonic for a better experience.

  • Pomegranate and Prosecco
  • Rosemary, Sage, and Tarragon
  • Beetroot
  • Raspberry and Roses
  • Limoncello
  • Apple juice
  • Apple juice and Liquorice
  • Apple juice, Licorice, and Grapefruit
  • Blueberry
  • Coconuts
  • Coconut + Chilli
  • Corriander + Lime leaf
  • Watermelon
  • Fresh Nectarine
  • Raspberry, black pepper and Lemon
  • Kiwi and coconut water
  • Freshly grated Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Tangerine and Star anise.
  • Basil
  • Black Peppercorn

Source: Jamie Olivier

Tips For Perfect Gin and Tonic

  1. Chill your glass in the freezer 20 minutes prior to mixing and serving your favorite gin and tonic cocktail. Or store your gin and tonic water in the fridge or freezer as gin does not get frozen in the freezer.
  2. Always use only fresh lime.
  3. Only use good unflavored freshly opened tonic like Fentimans, Q-tonic, and Fever-Tree tonic as they have been made specifically for mixed cocktails like the gin and tonic. Don’t buy big bottles of tonic water. Single-dose bottles are better.
  4.  To get the best taste and experience of gin & tonic, you need to use only quality and classic gins like Bombay Dry, Beefeater, Plymouth, Martin Millers, Monkey 47, The Botanist, etc they are more herbal and astringent, with lots of junipers. Or you can also use newer style gins like Hendricks, Bombay sapphire, or quintessential, they are softer a little sweeter and have a more notable bitter orange taste to them. Just choose your gin according to your preferred flavor.
  5. To avoid air bubbles and little shards of ice clouding the clarity of the drink. Don’t shake rather stir.
  6. Finally, if you’re new to gin and tonic, you can start with a 1:3 ratio (i.e. 1 part gin & 3 parts tonic) or 2:5 ratio (2 parts gin, 5 parts tonic). And scale up your ingredient measurement as you graduate into gin connoisseur.

How To Make Your Own Tonic Water

Ingredients

  • A scant 1/4 cup of Cinchona Bark
  • One quart (four cups) of water
  • Juice and zest of two limes (or lemons if you want a brighter “right of the pond” taste)
  • 1/4 cup of Citric Acid (also known as sour salt at some local grocers)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cups cane sugar
  • Sparkling water, such as from a Sodastream and an iSi Soda Siphon

Method

  1. In a small pot, boil the water with the cinchona bark and lime juice at a low simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Filter the resulting “tea” through a coffee filter to remove the debris from the cinchona bark and lime zest. 
  3. While the liquid is still hot, add the sugar, salt and citric acid and stir vigorously. Cool the syrup in your refrigerator.
  4. After the syrup has cooled, if you want to try plain tonic water, add 1 part syrup to 2 to 3 parts sparkling water to taste.
  5. Now that we have the gin and the tonic what else do we need? A cucumber. That is right, a cucumber! 

Source: Fernando Fonseca

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, there are many ways you can enjoy your perfect gin and tonic. Just a little tweak and garnishes you will muddle up a perfect gin and tonic

With the above list 31 Ways To Make Perfect Gin and Tonic, you can try them out one by one until you find your preferred garnish and flavor/taste. Enjoy!

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