A classic, straightforward (but not cheap) trick to improve the simple Gin and Tonic
For a long time, I didn’t like the simple gin and tonic. For some time, I believed it was the gin that I hated, but some smarter friends helped me along with some truly astounding gin-centric cocktails, and I moved away from the basic vodka toward the appreciation of gin’s truly unique aromatic elements. At that stage I determined I just didn’t want standard tonic water.
The results of this in-depth alcoholic investigation? Firstly, I like gin. Secondly, I really like tonic. And lastly, I appreciate them together…a lot. So what was the issue with all those early G & T’s that scared me away?
It wasn’t the gin, but surprisingly…the brand of tonic. The standard sicky sweet Schweppes tonic simply doesn’t do it for me. It’s way too sweet, really close to lemonade.
Basically – if you want to immediately improve your gin and tonic, spend a few dollars more and get yourself some superior tonic water. At the minimum, sample some different bottles to figure out which you like more, rather than buying whatever you get the store. Some good tonics to look out for: Fever Tree and QTonic. Or if you have the time and inclination, make your own tonic syrup and mix it with soda.