This October 19th celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day with Australia’s best-loved gin subscription service, Gin Loot.
Simple and unassuming, one would think that the Gin and Tonic is an easy drink to master – but so many get it wrong without even realising it! Too little ice, too much tonic or not enough gin are just some of the many traps people fall into. That’s where Tim Laferla, Gin Loot’s resident GINius, steps in with some next-level tips and tricks.
Tim Laferla, Gin Loot Spirits Specialist, Top Tips:
“Keep your tonic ice cold. Colder tonic keeps its fizz stronger for longer. The ratio of gin to tonic is critical. Most people fall in the range between 2:1 or 3:1. Any more and you won’t taste the gin, any less and it will be too strong and not carbonated.
“Pack your glass with ice. More ice keeps your drink colder and fresher for longer. Many people think that more ice means more dilution, however the cubes keep each other cold so they melt much more slowly.
“Level up your Gin and Tonic game with garnish and cocktail pairing. Analyse the flavour profile of your gin and either complement, finding a subtle flavour in the gin and use a garnish or tonic to elevate it for a more complex drink, or contrast those flavours, using another flavour that isn’t present in the gin to offset some of the big bold notes and add more complexity. For example – use a citrus wedge to offset sweetness.”
Gin Loot’s Ultimate Gin & Tonic Recipe:
Gin Loot’s recommended dry gin: Forty Spotted Classic Release Gin (700mL)
Single Measure: 30ml Gin & 60–90ml Tonic water (to taste)
Double Measure: 60ml Gin & 120–180ml Tonic water (to taste)
Garnish: Your choice (traditionally a lemon wedge)
Glass: Highball or wine glass
Fill your glass to the brim with ice. More ice is better and dilutes slower.
Add your gin to the glass
Slowly pour your tonic water. Don’t be afraid to measure it, the ratio is key.
Add a garnish of your choosing
Forty Spotted Classic Release Gin (700mL) RRP $72.00, available at ginloot.com