10 gin & tonics with a twist

Bored of the same old gin & tonic? Drinks expert Leon Dalloway gives us ten ways of sprucing up this classic mixed drink with spirits and fresh ingredients, turning it from your average tipple to a classy cocktail in mere moments.

10 gin & tonics with a twist

When served correctly, gin & tonic sounds, looks, smells and tastes irresistible. But, if you want to take it to another level, the magnificent blueprint can be adapted easily. These ten simple serving suggestions use liqueur and fresh ingredients to complement the spirit and mixer combination. 

For all the drinks, we recommend a 50ml serving of gin (if other spirit is added, decrease the amount of gin appropriately) and a 100ml serving of tonic water. This is 1:2 parts in cocktail terms. Use a nice long glass or even better, a large Spanish-style copa glass with a stem and a big mouth (any decent wine glasses will work for this). Fill the glass right to the top with some good quality ice and use straws if you wish. All tonic should be Indian tonic unless stated otherwise.

10 ways to makeover gin & tonic... 

Parisian ginThe Parisian

Take a herbal gin and pour a tablespoon of elderflower liqueur in. Add equal parts tonic water and champagne, garnish with a slapped sage leaf or two and a lemon wedge.
 



Too coolToo Cool

Use a gin with fresh cucumber notes and pair with an elderflower flavoured tonic then garnish with long ribbons of cucumber and a sprig of mint.




SbagliatoSbagliato-nic

Mix equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari in a lowball glass, spritz it up with a tonic top and garnish with a big, juicy wedge of orange.

 

Posh G&TPosh G&T

Take a vibrant, citrussy gin and add a tablespoon of sweet vermouth. Add two dashes of peach bitters, top with tonic and garnish with a generous handful of luscious seasonal berries.

 

Sloe Down

Sloe gin combines ridiculously well with lemon tonic, flirt with a zest of lemon over the glass and drop it in.


SmokeyOl’ Smokey

Marry a juniper-heavy gin with half a teaspoon of a super smokey whiskey. Add a dash of apricot liqueur and top with tonic, garnish with a chunky pink grapefruit zest.


 

Rose tonicTonic Delight

Select a floral gin and add a tablespoon of rose water, a tablespoon of peach liqueur and a two dashes of grapefruit bitters. Go demure on the garnish and top with a rose petal.


 

Guilty pleasureGuilty Pleasure

Pour a herbal-style gin and grab a few leaves of fresh mint, slap them and drop them in. Pop in two dashes of mint bitters and a tablespoon of chocolate liqueur. Introduce the tonic then garnish with a few sprigs of mint and some luxurious grated dark chocolate.


Stuck in the MedStuck in the Med

Pick up some intriguing herbaceous gin and introduce it to a Mediterranean-style tonic. Rim your glass with some herbed sea salt, slap some fresh rosemary and stand it tall in the glass.

 


EvolverThe Evolver

Make some flavoured aqua by boiling some herbs in water for a minute or two. Let the water cool then freeze the water and add the ice cubes to a classic gin and tonic – the drink's flavour profile will evolve throughout the drinking. Garnish with the matching herbs for that extra special touch.

How do you serve your G&T? Do you like to keep things simple or do our cocktail makeovers float your boat? We have lots more liquid inspiration in our cocktails & drinks section too. 

Comments, questions and tips

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livi7591
25th Jun, 2016
Where *on earth* do you find all these weird and wonderful gins and tonics? "Floral" gin?! "Mediterranean-style" tonic?! Does the stuff even exist and if it does, are there more than 3 shops in the world that sell it?
charlesthedog
23rd Apr, 2017
Absolutely, Waitrose and larger M+S food stores both have a fantastic selection of tonics and bitters, and 'Mediterranean-Style' tonic in particular is beautiful! They both carry a great range of gins as well (my favourite is Rhubarb gin, delicious!!) but any good booze store will have a wide range of gins. Just have a look, there is so much out there now!
shirley1265
19th Oct, 2016
There are hundreds of different gins on the market now and too many tonics to mention here. Gin and tonic is the current in drink with specialist bars popping up all over the place. Yes, these gins do exist. I for one, sell at least 30 different gins at any one time in my shop. But then I am in Ibiza where anything in the current fashion is a must have in any business.
cookiedew
10th Jul, 2016
yes, you probably would struggle to find these in the shops, but there are a few small ones tucked away. You'd have much more luck online where there are several sites selling an astounding range. I am not a gin drinker, so didn't know anything about it until I discovered this whilst looking for a gift for a gin aficionado.
HKPhilip
25th Dec, 2015
Gins and Tonic - not Gin and Tonics! For goodness sake, this is the BBC and the writer hasn't the simplest knowledge of how to write.
andycwb
24th Dec, 2015
Not sure I'd call most of these a Gin and Tonic. I'm a traditionalist: Gin, Tonic, Ice, Lime (or lemon if you must). I do, however, think the secret to a good G&T is in the tonic - Schweppes is the minimum standard and something like Fever Tree or Fentimans for best results. My perfect G&T has just enough ice to chill (season dependent), a good measure of gin, a wedge of lime rubbed in the glass then squeezed onto the gin, and freshly opened sparkling Fever Tree tonic. At about 1 part gin to 3 or 4 parts tonic, though most people find this a bit too potent.
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