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Gin & Tonic: A Timeless & Refreshing Highball Cocktail

Gin & Tonic: A Timeless & Refreshing Highball Cocktail
  May 15, 2024

Gin & Tonic: A Timeless & Refreshing Highball Cocktail

The Gin & Tonic is a true icon of the cocktail world. This simple yet sophisticated highball combines the botanical character of gin with the refreshing effervescence of tonic water, making it a perfect drink for any occasion. With its clean flavor profile and endless customization options, the Gin & Tonic is a favorite among both casual drinkers and cocktail connoisseurs.


2 ounces gin (choose your favorite; London Dry Gin is the classic choice, but other styles work too)

4-6 ounces tonic water (high-quality tonic water enhances the experience)

Lime wedge (for garnish)

Optional garnishes: A sprig of rosemary, cucumber slices, or a few berries can add a touch of complexity or sweetness.


For the perfect serving temperature, fill a highball glass with ice and let it sit for a few minutes. Discard the ice before building your drink.

Pour your chosen gin into the chilled glass.

Gently pour the tonic water over the gin, allowing it to flow down the side of the glass to minimize bubbles breaking. Aim for a 2:1 to 3:1 ratio of tonic water to gin, depending on your preference (stronger gin flavor or more emphasis on the tonic).

Express the oils from a lime wedge over the drink and add it to the glass as garnish. Feel free to experiment with other optional garnishes like rosemary, cucumber, or berries for a touch of personalization.


The type of gin you choose plays a major role in the final flavor profile. London Dry Gin is the classic choice, offering a juniper-forward character. You can also explore other styles like Plymouth Gin or Old Tom Gin for a slightly different flavor experience. Consider the botanical notes of your gin and how they might complement the tonic water you choose.

Using a high-quality tonic water will significantly enhance your Gin & Tonic. Look for brands with natural quinine for a more bitter and refreshing taste. Some tonic waters even have citrus or floral notes that can complement the gin.

The way you pour the tonic water affects the drink's texture and carbonation. By pouring gently down the side of the glass, you minimize bubbles breaking and preserve the refreshing fizz.

The classic lime wedge adds a touch of citrus aroma and complements the botanical notes of the gin. Explore other garnishes like rosemary for a herbal touch, cucumber slices for a refreshing twist, or a few berries for a touch of sweetness.

The Gin & Tonic is a versatile and customizable cocktail that allows for endless creativity. Experiment with different gins, tonics, and garnishes to find your perfect version of this timeless drink. Enjoy responsibly!