This Gin and Tonic Day, we take you through a few refreshing G&T recipes, some that are reinventing the classic in creative ways. So bring out a good gin, flavoured with botanicals like fruits and spices. You can get several excellent ones in India now. Try Terai, Jin Jiji, Samsara, Pumori, or GinGin. Pick up a few bottles of Indian tonic water brands like Svami, Sepoy & Co, Jade Forest or Bengal Bay.
Customise with some great tonic water, garnish and add elements according to your taste to elevate the classic drink.
On an aside, did you know that tonic water originated in India in the 1820s? They were used as a panacea to combat malaria among British Army soldiers. It began as a mix of quinine with gin, water and sugar. What began as a disease-fighter soon segued into one of the most popular sundowners ever. It's ironic therefore that till recently. The country used to import tonic waters. But now, India is making some of the best ones in the market. Cafes and eateries are pairing them with not just gin, but even with coffee.
Enough said, let's get cracking on the recipes.
Typically served in a rock glass or high ball glass, the classic gin and tonic is insanely easy to make and adds the right dose of zing to your day. Chill the glass, fill it with large ice cubes, then pour the gin and squeeze one slice of lime. Now add the tonic water and fit in the second slice. Balance the ratio according to your liking and get ready, sip.
Spin around this basic recipe and make the drink as creative as possible.
It is super easy and adds a smooth, earthy flavour to your G&T. The perfect blend of herbal liqueur, alcohol and tonic water combine to give the right taste and high spirit. Take a herbal gin (like the Maharani) and pour a tablespoon of elderflower liqueur. Add equal parts tonic water and champagne, garnish with a slapped sage leaf or two, and a lemon wedge. Serve it in a chilled rock glass or goblet.
Grapefruit & Pink Peppercorn
This is a great recipe for those with a liking for a tropical, and slightly spicy taste. The beautiful pink look and the grapefruit taste goes perfectly with the gin to elevate the classic drink. Fill your glass with ice and add about 30 ml of grapefruit juice, 30 ml of simple syrup (vary depending on your taste), 40 ml gin, and stir gently until the drink is well combined and chilled. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a handful of pink peppercorns. Serve in a long glass for a dose of the aesthetic.
Want to elevate your classic G&T? This recipe spells vibrant and rich flavours with every sip. The fresh berries and added elements will surely make you stand apart in the crowd. Take a vibrant, citrussy gin (the Monkey 47 hits the right notes) and add a tablespoon of sweet vermouth. Add two dashes of peach bitters, top with tonic, and garnish with a generous handful of luscious, seasonal berries.
Roasted Pineapple G&T
Grill or BBQ pineapple wheels for a couple of minutes or until they are lightly browned, smoky and caramelised. Cut one wheel of pineapple into wedges and muddle it into your cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and juice. Shake for two minutes. Strain into a glass with ice. Top up with tonic water and garnish with another grilled pineapple wheel and/or a mint leaf. You can add a squeeze of lime if the drink is a little sweet for you. Tinned pineapple chunks can also be used as an alternative.
Pink Rose G&T
If you like subtle floral taste and a smooth texture to your G&T then this recipe is ideal for you. The rose pink tinge, the light flavours and a modern makeover of the classic drink is sure to make it a signature item. Add 30 ml of rosewater-infused cool syrup to your drink shaker along with large ice cubes, 40 ml gin and 100 ml tonic water. Shake gently and pour it in a chilled glass and stir, again gently. Garnish with fresh rose petals and a slice of lemon.