The ubiquitous Gin & Tonic. It’s all about balance, flavor and simplicity. We love the original, but we love a creative riff just as much. With so many different kinds of gins on the market today (not to mention glassware, garnishes and fresh ingredients), it’s inspiring to see how this classic highball recipe has become the foundation for so many creative variations.
Add depth of flavor by infusing gin with your favorite herbs, spices and more. At Wisconsin’s Maxwell Mansion, you’ll find a plethora of unique infusions like Evan Knutson’s Gin & Tonic, which features a house-infused sage gin.
In Spain, bartenders have reshaped the formula for the classic Gin & Tonic, focusing on intentional gin and tonic pairings and Instagram-worthy garnishes.
Learn more about what makes the Spanish Gin & Tonic so special, then make your own variation with our Spanish G&T recipe. If you’re in the mood for a bittersweet twist, try our recipe for I’m Not Bitter, You’re Bitter, which features Spanish vermouth and our Bitter Lemon Tonic Water.
Cordials & Syrups
The G&T takes well to the addition of sugar, especially when balanced out with a squeeze of citrus.
Simple syrup is - you guessed it - the simplest way to add sweetness to a cocktail, and tea is one of our favorite ways to infuse flavor into a simple syrup (bonus: if you use a teabag, the cleanup is a breeze). In Rachel Miller’s Gin & Tonic, she combines the sugar and citrus into an aromatic and versatile lemon cordial. If you’d rather let someone else do the syrup-making legwork for you, we recommend Royal Rose, an East-coast company that produces a wide range of classic and uniquely-flavored syrups perfect for cocktails.
Take The Edge Off
If you find the classic G&T to be too bitter or boozy, try a lower-calorie, lower-ABV Gin Sonic, which swaps out half of the usual tonic water with club soda and cuts the booze down from a standard 2-ounce pour to 1.5 ounces.
Fruit & Vegetable Juices
Adding fruit or veggies to your G&T is an efficient way to add flavor, sweetness and acidity to your drink. We love using cold-pressed juice blends that include a citrus component like lime, lemon, grapefruit or orange. Fresh muddled produce is also a great option, but keep in mind that you may need to add sweetener or a squeeze of citrus to keep your drink balanced. In Alyssa Hughes’s Pineapple Gin & Tonic, she combines pineapple juice with orange bitters for a fancy tropical twist.
With the rise in popularity for zero-proof drinking options, non-alcoholic spirits are becoming more ubiquitous. Seedlip’s Garden & Tonic exemplifies how drinking a spirit-free cocktail can be a special and delicious experience without the annoying next-day hangover.