Learn how to up your G&T game with these 5 tips for the perfect G&T – just in time for Summer!
One of the world’s most popular summer drinks, the G&T was created in the 19th Century by British soldiers in India who mixed their medicinal dose of quinine water to ward off malaria with their daily ration of gin.
A lot has changed since its inception, and with a range of gins, tonics and garnishes to play with, we thought it would be fitting to shed some light on what the Seppeltsfield Road Distillers team deem important when pouring the perfect G&T at home.
Forget the hi-ball, grab a rounded glass such as a copa, tumbler or stemless wine glass. A wide glass with a good opening will allow the aroma of the botanicals to leap from the glass – the smell is just as important as the taste.
Ever tried gin with and without ice? The flavour profile changes immensely. To get the most flavour out of your G&T we recommend storing your gin in the freezer, refrigerate your glass, and using lots of ice, the bigger the cubes the better. The more ice, the less chance your drink will warm before you finish it.
Pairing the wrong tonic with your gin or vice versa could completely ruin your G&T. Each of our gins have a recommended pairing (you can see these on our website), but when it comes to flavourful gins, we think a clean, unflavoured tonic (such as CAPI Dry or Long Rays Tonic) is the best way to go.
When it comes to the perfect gin to tonic ratio, there is no right answer. Everyone has different tastes, but personally, we really like the gin to stand out. Our suggestion is to start with a 1:1 ratio and add tonic to your taste – it’s a lot easier to add tonic than to take it out!
We encourage people to be open-minded and search their pantry, fridge & garden when it comes to garnishes – experiment with garnishes that provide gentle aromatics that compliment the profile of the gin.
If you are stuck for inspiration, we often pair;
BAROSSA DRY with bright citrus flavours including grapefruit, lemon, or lime.
HOUSE GIN with light and fresh garnishes such as apple or strawberries.
SAVOURY ALLSORTS with herbaceous garnishes like rosemary or thyme, or for a bit of fun, a liquorice allsorts.
SHIRAZ GIN with an orange wedge or peel.
Most importantly, have fun with your Gin & Tonic and remember to experiment to find what you enjoy best.