Five ways to take your G&T to the next level

The easiest drink to make, but also the easiest drink to do badly...

 

Gin

Did someone say revival? Oh yeah, we did, yeeaaaaars ago. Yes gin is IN and has been for a while. A wonderful craft returned to creating England's beloved spirit after it had slumbered in the doldrums for little under a century. Pick your gin to your tastes. There's literally a gin out there for everyone. Try new things. The English, Scottish, U.S.A's, Dutch, Germans, Spanish & Indians are all making delightful gins. So explore, go crazy, get adventurous.

Glassware

Don't just use your standard high ball glass from the cupboard. You've got some beautiful wine glasses knocking about right? Get those out and do it Espaῆol style, baby! Hold it by the stem and your G&T stays colder for longer, the larger diameter around the rim means more space for those lovely citrus oils to lie too, therefore more gorgeous aroma, Vamos!

Ice

A bag of party ice? Forget it. That rubbish little ice tray that makes enough for half a G&T, chuck it out. Get yourself an ice cream tub and fill it with boiling water (be careful). Freeze it and then when it's done crack the baby with an ice pick (ok we know not everyone has got one but be creative) You can even flavour the ice with lovely things like tea or lavender or put pretty flowers in to make everyone think you are amazing, or go wild and order some silicone moulds and make shapes. Show us someone that isn't impressed by a spherical ball of ice and we'll show you a liar.

Garnish

The days of squeezing 4 limes in your G&T are over. These days gin tastes good and so does tonic so you don't need to alter the flavour with all that citrus. Simply get something that smells nice that you think will enhance the pleasure experience. A sprig of rosemary is a winner with sloe gin, a zest of orange or lemon works amazingly with a fresh summery gin, slap that mint for a herbaceous gin, and cucumber... well, you all know about cucumber.

Tonic

With an almighty gin revival comes one helluva tonic revival, too. 95% of gin is drunk with tonic. It's the original superfood after all. So with the revival of gin, tonic is right there alongside it. Tonics with natural sweeteners and great balance have arrived. There are tonics like 1724, that are getting their quinine from the chinchona trees in Peru where it was originally discovered. Flavoured tonics have hit the market too such as Peter Spanton, his number three tonic is cardamom flavoured and his number five is enhanced with a touch of lemongrass (I can see you salivating). Fever-Tree are leading the way with a lovely classic tonic and great packaging. And the epic flavours coming from the Double Dutch gals are next-level delicious. Tonic is cool and tasty again. YES!