How to make the perfect G&T

A properly made gin and tonic is one of life's great pleasures, they say. With a few basic rules, you can have a drink that approaches perfection

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2010

A properly made gin and tonic is one of life’s great pleasures, they say. With a few basic rules, you can have a drink that approaches perfection:

Keep your gin in the freezer for extra coldness. Never use tonic from a spray gun or a bottle that has been standing open. Your tonic water should always be freshly opened. Take a tall glass with a heavy bottom (which makes the bubbles in the tonic last longer). If there’s time, you could even frost the glass in the freezer beforehand. Ice is crucial. At home, you should use large chunks of ice made from filtered or bottled water and pat them dry with a tea towel. Put two or three chunks in the glass and add a generous measure of gin. Pour in enough tonic to fill the glass. What you’re aiming for is just over double the amount of tonic to gin. Sit back and enjoy!

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