How to make the perfect Gin and Tonic


The standard, easy recipe for a gin and tonic requires just three ingredients and ice.

  • Chill your gin in the fridge or freezer first. The colder the gin, the better.

  • Ideally, chill your gin glass in the freezer as well.

  • Fill your gin glass almost completely full with ice. Also: the bigger the cubes, the better.

  • Pour 50ml  of gin over the ice. Stir around the edge of the glass gently.

  • Top up with tonic water. Many gin professionals in the industry will encourage you to use around 200ml for every 50ml , but really this is entirely up to you and your personal taste!

  • Stir gently again. Add a slice or twist of lemon or lime to garnish.

(Serves one)

Great! Now you know how to make a gin and tonic. But do you know how to make a really great G&T? Well, we do! Read on…


1. Choose the right glass

A copa de balon (balloon) glass or a large wine glass are both great options for a gin and tonic. Why? The bulbous bowl creates plenty of space for ice and garnishes while the long stem prevents your hand from warming the drink, and the wide brim lifts the fragrance of the drink!

Another good choice is the highball glass (the tall, straight one), which also lets you add plenty of ice and mixer, and will keep your tipple cool and carbonated. For best results, pop your glass in the freezer before making your G&T.


2. Go big with the ice

Ice is an essential ingredient for the perfect G&T but remember, this is to chill the drink, not dilute it. So how do you prevent your ice from watering down your gin and tonic? Go big!

Yes, it’s true: the way to avoid over-dilution of your drink is to actually use more and bigger ice cubes, or even one giant ice cube.

Having more ice in the glass will lower the temperature so it will take longer to melt, and will therefore keep your drink cool for longer, without weakening the flavour.

Top tip: When making ice cubes, use warm water in your tray. It creates clearer ice cubes!

3. Choose your tonic wisely

Hands up those of us who used to think they disliked gin, when actually what you didn’t like was the cheap tonic water that was in your first experience of a G&T?! Yep, us too!

It really is worth investing in a high quality tonic to make the most of your Gin.

Top tip: To choose a tonic for your gin, look at the botanicals in your gin. Find a tonic water whose flavours will complement or enhance the natural flavours of your gin, the same way you would if you were cooking! We pair our Australian Dry Gin with Indian Tonic & Coastal Citrus with a mediterrean lighter style tonic.


4. Stir your G&T (Gently)

Push your spoon right down to the bottom of the glass, then move it gently around the rim (i.e. not the way you’d stir your coffee!)

This will ensure that all the flavours and elements are combined and evenly distributed throughout your drink. It will also help cool the drink down.


5. Get creative with your garnish!

Choosing the right garnish can completely transform your gin and tonic. Chances are, you’ve already tried experimenting with lemon, lime and cucumber – now it’s time to branch out!


6. The Gin

This is where is can get tricky with so many Gins on the market it’s hard to choose. This is where Manly Spirits takes all the stress out of choosing a premium, internationally awarded Gin. You can’t go wrong with a Gin in our range.


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