Mastering the basics of the classic G&T
Gin is more popular than ever, so right now is an excellent time to master some simple serving options. But don’t fret!
You don’t need any fancy equipment to make your own gin cocktails at home – even a jam jar with a solid, tight-fitting lid makes a perfect shaker!
The secret of a great G&T lies – surprisingly – not only in the gin you choose, but by adding lots of ice. The more ice in the drink, the slower it melts, which in turn stops it diluting too quickly.
To get you started on your cocktail-making journey, award-winning bartender, gin expert, a judge on the panel for Gin of the Year and founder of The Gin Journey, Leon Dalloway, offers a few tips:
- The key to making drinks is the balance between sweet and sour/bitter. Try not to let one element overpower the other.
- Taste your drinks before you serve to make sure they’re wonderful.
- If serving over ice, fill your glass to the top with the stuff.
- Ensure your garnish is fresh
- Remember that we drink in three steps, with our eyes first, then with our nose and finally with our mouth
So, with this in mind, here is an old classic every gin lover has to master, namely the Classic G&T:
- 50ml London Dry Gin
- 50ml soda water
- 50ml tonic water
- To garnish: a wedge of lime and plenty of ice
Pack a large glass with lots of ice, add a wedge of lime, then pour over 50ml London Dry Gin. Top with 50ml soda water and 50ml tonic water. Cheers!