Mixologist making perfect gin and tonic with copa balloon glass, ice and grapefruit.

7 simple hacks to make the perfect Gin and Tonic at home


Step #1 - Use a 'copa balloon' glass

It's important to use a glass with a stem so your hand doesn't warm up the part of the glass where your lovely chilled liquid is.

The shape of the copa balloon glass is also important.

The large balloon/bowl shape condensces all of the flavour and aroma right under your nose.

The large capacity of a copa balloon glass also means you can fill it with lots of ice (more on that in the next steps!...)


Step #2 - Chill your glass

You can do this by adding in ice and giving it a stir around for about 5-10 seconds until it's nice and cold.

If you don't have enough ice to do this then simply stick your glass in the fridge or freezer for a bit!


Step #3 - Add 50ml (double measure) of gin

We add the gin first because temperature is key. 

Step #4 - Ice the glass all the way to the top

Don't skimp on the ice here.

It's a common misconception to think that less ice means a less diluted drink.


Actually, the more ice you add, the more the temperature remains colder for longer, meaning a super-chilled G&T that's not diluted!

On the contrary, imagine adding just one ice cube, it's going to melt pretty sharpish and spoil your G&T!


Step #5 - Add your tonic

As we've added 50ml of gin previously, we want to go for a 1:3 or a 1:4 ratio of gin to tonic.

This means you want to pour in 150ml or 200ml of tonic depending on how strong you want it to taste.

We don't think it makes a huge difference and you really can't go wrong with either 1:3 or 1:4 ratio!

Maybe start with a 1:4 ratio and slowly creep down to 1:3 to see if you have a preference!

Step #6 - Give it all a gentle stir

Don't be too vigorous as you don't want to turn your tonic flat!


Step #7 - Add your garnish to finish off your perfect G&T

The trick here is to enhance the botanicals in your chosen gin.

E.g. let's say it's a Mediterranean Gin which is distilled using rosemary and orange peel. Try garnishing your G&T with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of orange!

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