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The Gin and Tonic

HomeRecipeThe Gin and Tonic

The odd thing about the gin and tonic is that unlike other cocktails that need to dilute the spirit, the G&T was made to dilute the mixer. In the early 1800’s malaria was a persistent problem in Asia with quinine used for its prevention. Consequently, the army of the British East India Company in India was required to take a regular dose of quinine. However, the bitter taste of it was so unpleasant that British officers took to mixing it with water, sugar and lime augmented with their gin ration to make it more palatable.

Recipe:

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
3 parts your choice of tonic
Garnish with lemon peel or thin slices

Preparation:

If you want to get more from your G&T, start measuring the tonic. The ratio of gin to tonic should be between 1:1 to 1:3. For a new gin where you want to appreciate the subtleties of the taste we would suggest 1:2 (you can always put in more tonic afterwards).

Traditionally gin and tonic was served in a high ball glass with a lemon wheel but the contemporary way is to use a Spanish style Copa glass or large red wine glass. This has the affect of keeping the drink colder, which means the ice takes longer to melt. Using a strip of the peel of the lemon ads flavour as the oils just below the peel are sweeter than the juice itself.

So fill a Copa with a good measure of ice, add a strip of lemon peel, pour over the gin, the tonic and stir gently to mix.

Variations:

You don’t have to use a “flavoured” gin to change the flavour. Why not stay with Urban Rhino Premium London Dry Gin and change the tonic and garnishes. Just some of the flavours of todays tonics include Mediterranean, Hibiscus, Pink Peppercorn, Grapefruit, Cherry Blossom, Cranberry and even Yuzo.

Here are a few alternatives to the traditional G&T:

Strawberry & Black Pepper

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Indian Tonic
2 sliced strawberries
Brief turn of black pepper mill

Orange & Anise

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
3 parts Schweppes Indian Tonic
1 star anise
Orange peel

Botanical

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
2 juniper berries
3 leaves of lemon balm
Sprig of rosemary

Pink G&T

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
3 parts Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic
Twist of orange peel

Orange & Pepper

1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Indian Tonic
2 whole black pepper corns
3 whole rose petals
2 strips of orange peel
Brief turn of pepper mill

The Gin and Tonic has come a long way since the early 1880’s with varieties far too many to mention making up todays menu. We would love to get your feedback on these recipes or why not send us one of your own, we’d be more than happy to showcase it as our G&T of the month, give you a mention and a free bottle of Urban Rhino. We would love to get your feedback on these recipes or why not send us one of your own with a picture too to [email protected] or post it on Facebook or Instagram with #myurbanrhino and @urbanrhinogin, to enter it into our photo of the month competition for a chance to win a free bottle of Urban Rhino.

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