Move over, vodka soda, there’s another classic tipple seeing a resurgence: gin and tonic. Squeezing a lime wedge into a freshly made G&T while relaxing in the sun can be extremely satisfying — and you can do a lot more to this drink than adding in some lime.
“Gin is having a wonderful renaissance,” says cocktail craftsman Nick Kosevich from Bittercube, a bitters boutique company. “Gins like the ones created by Bombay Sapphire are directly correlated to this growth in gin consumption. With vapor distillation, the end results are these bright, citrus-forward gins that can resonate with those that maybe shied away from gin due to the ‘pine tree’ [taste].”
Flavour aside, one of the most important parts of your gin and tonic is the ice. “Make sure you have solid, large pieces of ice so that you don’t dilute your drink,” says Kosevich. “In fact, it’s best to keep all your ingredients cold. CO2 is a saturation of a gas in a liquid, and the colder the liquid, the more the CO2 can be absorbed, leading to more bubbles!”
Whether you’re eager to rekindle your love with gin or you still need a bit of convincing, these unique spins on the classic gin and tonic will leave your taste buds more than satisfied.
Seven unique spins on the classic gin and tonic
PineappleIf you like vodka/soda/pineapple, you'll love the gin version, too. Add in two ounces of gin, two ounces of pineapple juice and top it off with some tonic. Then, throw in a slice or two of lime for an extra pop of citrus.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Unusually Lovely
Spiced GrapefruitNot a fan of tropical flavours? Try some spiced ones instead. This savoury recipe for gin and tonic from Lively Table uses a cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and star anise pods for a unique flavour with a winning kick.
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Cucumber MintIf you're looking to score extra points on your boozy concoction, try your hand at a homemade syrup. Culinary wiz Heather Christo's sweet mint syrup will give your drink a stunning green hue. Don't forget to decorate the inside of your glass with thin slices of cucumber — presentation is everything, and this proves it.
GET THE RECIPE HEREHeather Christo
Cranberry ThymeThe tastes of cranberry and thyme might remind you of Thanksgiving dinner, but you can make this drink year-round. Aside from the obvious ingredients in this drink -- gin, tonic, cranberries and thyme -- Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen also adds a dash of vanilla extract.
GET THE RECIPE HEREA Cozy Kitchen
PeachG&T is already a summer staple on the cocktail circuit, but add some fresh peach into the mix and you've got yourself an even more refreshing beverage. Consider making a pitcher of this stuff if you have guests over.
GET THE RECIPE HEREHome Sweet Eats
LemongrassNot all gins are created equally. Bombay Sapphire East, for instance, has notes of Thai lemongrass and spicy Vietnamese black peppercorn, so don't expect that woodsy taste to grace your palate. Kosevich recommends adding some “unique botanicals right to the glass, like lemongrass, cassia bark sticks and black peppercorns." Combine one-and-a-half ounces of gin, three ounces of tonic, lemon, lime and a lemongrass sprig. Elegant and oh-so refreshing.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBombay Sapphire
Blueberry BasilCraving an antioxidant boost along with a bit of a buzz? In this blueberry and basil-infused recipe, both the berries and basil leaves elevate the cocktail's overall taste and presentation.
GET THE RECIPE HERECraft and Cocktails