The Gin and Tonic– fondly referred to as a G&T– is a classic gin cocktail that sure has stood the test of time. Its crisp and refreshing and super easy combination of gin, tonic water, and citrus garnish makes it a go-to choice for cocktail enthusiasts around the world.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying a cozy evening at home, the Gin and Tonic is the perfect classic cocktail, no matter the time of year. You can even fancy it up during the holidays, for example.


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Gin & Tonic Ingredients

The Gin and Tonic is a two-part cocktail, which means you’ll only need a few simple ingredients to create this refreshing drink:

  1. Gin: Choose a high-quality gin that suits your taste preferences. London Dry gin like Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater gin are popular choices, known for their juniper-forward flavor profile.
  2. Tonic Water: Opt for a good-quality tonic water that complements the gin. Look for one with a balance of bitter and sweet notes to enhance the overall taste so your drink recipe isn’t just full of bitter mineral flavor. Note that this is not a low-calorie drink ingredient. If you don’t like your Gin & Tonics with a hefty calorie count, try a light tonic/diet tonic instead.
  3. Fresh Lime or Lemon: Squeeze a wedge of lime or lemon into the drink for a zesty citrus flavor addition.
  4. Ice: Ice is your friend here! Use plenty of ice cubes to ensure your Gin and Tonic stays perfectly chilled and so that this classic cocktail recipe dilutes properly.


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There are other awesome two-part or highball cocktails, such as Rum & Coke, Whiskey & Soda, or (Chris’ personal favorite) Chartreuse & Root Beer.


How to Make a Gin and Tonic

The Gin & Tonic is one of the easiest cocktail recipes to make– you don’t even need a cocktail shaker! In our opinions, the perfect ratio of gin to tonic is 1:3, and you can get creative from there.

Check out how Chris does it, and make sure to watch the whole video for tips & his special variation:



Gin & Tonic Variations

While the original version of this mixed drink is undeniably delicious, there are endless possibilities to personalize this versatile cocktail. Here are a few flavor variations to consider:


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  1. Split Base Spirit: As you can see in the video, you can add a lot of flavor and depth by cutting the gin with another spirit or liqueur. For our enhanced version, Chris reduces the 2 ounces gin to 1 3/4 ounce and adds 1/2 ounce of Maraschino liqueur. (The 5 ounces tonic stays the same.) Optional: a pinch of salt and fresh pepper
  2. European Gin & Tonic: This in another version that Chris shows you how to make in the video. It’s an elevated style of this classic cocktail using 1 1/2 ounces basil and elderflower gin, 3/4 ounce Chareau (an aloe liqueur), 5 ounces of tonic, and a splash of fresh lime juice. Optional: a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Botanical Twist: Enhance the botanical flavors by adding fresh rosemary, a few crushed juniper berries, or a slice of cucumber. If you don’t have time to infuse your gin, you can also muddle a sprig of mint, basil, a rosemary sprig, or fresh thyme and then garnish with the same herb.
  4. Fruit Fusion: Experiment with fresh fruit like berries, grapefruit, cranberries, or oranges to add a vibrant burst of flavor to your drink. You can even just add some fresh lime juice. A personal favorite: The popular blackberry version by muddling fresh blackberries, creating a blackberry simple syrup, or using blackberry liqueur. Or keep it simple and mix in a splash of fruit juice, such as cranberry or pomegranate, for a colorful twist!
  5. Bittersweet Symphony: Enhance the complexity of your Gin & Tonic by adding a dash of aromatic bitters (or a flavored one like grapefruit or rhubarb) or a small amount of simple syrup to offset the tonic flavor.
  6. Make a Switch: You can easily add flavor by exchanging your plain tonic for elderflower tonic or cherry blossom tonic!
  7. Alternatives to Tonic: If you’re not a huge fan of the bitterness of tonic, consider making a Gin Highball with another carbonated beverage instead.


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Now that you have the foundation of this refreshing cocktail, feel free to explore and create your own variations. Let us know in the comments if you’re a G&T purist or if you have a favorite version. Cheers!

Gin and Tonic with Bombay Dry for gin lovers

Gin and Tonic

The Gin & Tonic is a great, simple cocktail. This week we're tasting two gins and comparing notes!
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  • 2 ounces London Dry Gin
  • 5 ounces Tonic Water
  • 1 each Cucumber for garnish
  • 1 each Lime for garnish and optional juicing
  • 1 pinch Salt & Fresh Pepper optional, for garnish


  • Build the ingredients into Collins glass, and add ice.
  • Give a light stir with your bar spoon to mix the ingredients together.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and cucumber peel with a pich of salt and pepper.