How to Make the Perfect Gin and Tonic Cocktail

How to Make the Perfect Gin and Tonic Cocktail
Learn how to elevate your Gin and Tonic game to the next level.

Simple and unassuming, one would think that the Gin and Tonic is an easy drink to master - but so many get it wrong without even realising it! Too little ice, too much tonic or not enough gin are just some of the many traps people fall into. Learn how to elevate your Gin and Tonic to the next level with some tips and tricks from our gin experts below.

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Single Measure
30ml Gin
60-90ml Tonic water (to taste)

Double Measure
60ml Gin
120-180ml Tonic water (to taste)

Garnish Your choice
(traditionally a lemon wedge)

Ice Cubed

Glass Highball or wine glass

Equipment Checklist


Recommended Gins

Any good quality dry gin


1. Fill your glass to the brim with ice. More ice is better and dilutes slower.

2. Add your gin to the glass

3. Slowly pour your tonic water. Don’t be afraid to measure it, the ratio is key.

4. Add a garnish of your choosing

Bartender’s Top Tips

Keep your tonic ice cold. Colder tonic keeps its fizz stronger for longer.

The ratio of gin to tonic is critical. Most people fall in the range between 2:1 or 3:1. Any more and you won't taste the gin, any less and it will be too strong and not carbonated.

Pack your glass with ice. More ice keeps your drink colder and fresher for longer. Many people think that more ice means more dilution, however the cubes keep eachother cold so melt much more slowly.

Level up your Gin and Tonic game with garnish and cocktail pairing. Analyse the flavour profile of your gin (see our tasting notes) and either complement or contrast those flavours.

Complement - Find a subtle flavour in the gin and use a garnish or tonic to elevate it for a more complex drink

Contrast - Use another flavour that isn’t present in the gin to offset some of the big bold notes and add more complexity. For example - use a citrus wedge to offset sweetness.

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