Gin and Tonic

How to Make the Perfect Gin and Tonic for Guests: 5 Tips

The Gin and Tonic is a quintessential drink. This popular cocktail is made with only two ingredients. Choose high-quality ingredients and finish with careful garnishing to elevate this basic gin drink to new heights. This delicious G&T is often seen as a refreshing Summer cocktail, but with a few adjustments, it readily converts to colder, Wintery happy hours. So, how can you make the ideal gin and tonic to delight your guests? Continue reading to find out.

1. Start With Quality Ingredients

An easy way to enhance the flavour of this classic cocktail is to choose quality ingredients. Gin is the most important ingredient, and the quality of the gin you use will have a huge impact on the drink’s flavour. Next, choose a quality tonic water. Make sure the tonic water you choose is not overly sweet or overly bitter. Then, choose the citrus to pair with the gin and tonic. In the best gin and tonic, the citrus cuts the bite of the alcohol and brings together the flavours of the other ingredients.

Finally, choose the garnish based on what is in season.

2. Use Large Cubes of Ice

In the best G&T, ice is crucial. The ice should be large, cubed (not crushed!) and clear, not cloudy, and chilled so that your drink is nice and cold, but not watery. The larger the cubes, the longer it will take for the drink to melt, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy colder, more flavorful drinks with fewer dilutions.

3. Garnish the rim of the glass

To give your gin and tonic that extra something, use a lemon or lime wedge and rub it around the inside of the glass, towards the rim. 

4. Chill All Ingredients

Use plenty of cubed ice to ensure a super-chilled drink. Sometimes it helps to keep your tonic waters in the fridge, too.

5. Garnish With a Twist

Garnish your best G&T with a twist of lemon or a citrus peel. The citrus should be zested onto the outside of the glass, and the twist of citrus should rest on the rim of the glass. You can also garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig or basil leaves, mint or a slice of cucumber.


The gin and tonic is a classic cocktail that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Once you know how to make a drink properly, you’ll be able to prepare the best G&T and wow your guests.

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