Gin and Tonic Recipe: A Simple, Refreshing Drink

The Popular Gin and Tonic Cocktail
It's just two ingredients, but it is important to choose wisely in order to create the best Gin & Tonic. Photo: S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Classic and easy, a Gin & Tonic is light, refreshing, and the ideal drink for any occasion. It's a simple and easy mixed drink and is perfect for happy hour, dinner, or anytime you simply want an invigorating beverage.

The best Gin & Tonic is made with a good gin, especially those with a slight citrus flavor and a great blend of botanicals. Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray Rangpur are two bottles that will always be G&T favorites. When you need to save money, you can turn to one of the less expensive gins as many also make a nice drink. 

One thing to keep in mind is that your Gin & Tonic is only as good as both the gin and the tonic. For the latter, check out the tonic waters from Q Drinks and Fever-Tree as these have been designed specifically for mixed drinks like this.

If you are not a fan of gin, there is always the Vodka Tonic.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with the lime wedge.

How to Improve Your Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic is extremely simple, yet it is the perfect 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.

Just 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 personal favorites 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. Typically, I will run the wedge around the rim of the glass, squeeze the juice into the drink, then drop the wedge in. You can add even more lime flavor by squeezing the juice from a second wedge or adding a splash of lime cordial before topping it with tonic.

Switch Out the Gin. We have a fantastic array of gin 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 & Tonic can be as light or as strong as you wish to make it and it's all controlled by the amount of tonic you pour. On average, you will pour 5 ounces of tonic into a tall glass and with an 80-proof gin, that will make your drink around 10% ABV (20 proof). This is a very casual amount of alcohol and one of the reasons why the G&T is a favorite for dinner.