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posted: 03/26/18

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A classic Gin and Tonic is something that every aspiring at home bar tender needs to learn how to make. This recipe will show you how to make the traditional gin and tonic recipe with it’s perfect ratios of gin to tonic and it will also give you a special twist that kicks the classic up a notch.

Need another classic gin recipe? Make the lighter version of this cocktail with this Gin Rickey recipe.

up close view of a gin and tonic recipe in a small tumbler with two lime slices and ice and another glass in the background

THE CLASSIC GIN AND TONIC RATIO

The ratio in the classic recipe is two ounces of gin to with four ounces of tonic. This is a classic English cocktail that is enjoyed in London in tall wine goblets. In other words, the English are my people.

A traditional gin and tonic its the garnished with at least one lime wedge, but I prefer mine, as many do, with even more.

overhead view of a tumbler full of a gin and tonic recipe filled with ice and two lime slices on a wood table

HOW TO MAKE A GIN AND TONIC

This is a recipe that could not be more simple to make.

Fill a glass with ice – either a tumbler or a fancy wine goblet as the English do – and then add gin and the tonic, garnishing with 1 to 2 lime wedges.

If you are worried about gin and tonic calories (this one clocks in 273 calories), you can always opt for diet tonic or a combination of the two.

When it comes to the gin, there is great debate over what is the best gin to use in a gin and tonic recipe. I lean towards Bombay Sapphire, but if you are going for a classic feel, then pick up some Beefeater.

Looking for a twist on the classic Gin and Tonic? Make this amazing Cucumber Lemon Gin and Tonic.

A FUN LITTLE TWIST

If you want to put a fun little twist on this recipe and enhance the lime flavor, add an ounce of sweetened lime juice to this recipe. You guys know I love a good lime taste to my cocktail recipes, and this is like adding both simply syrup and lime juice on amazing bang. It is not for the faint of heart, but 1 ounce of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice plus a few lime and lemon wedges, kicks this cocktail up a notch. If you are adding Rose’s Lime, I suggest you also add in two more ounces of tonic water.

  • 1 ounce Rose’s Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 6 ounces tonic water

Combine as you would a classic gin and tonic.

OTHER GREAT GIN RECIPES

I can’t get enough of great gin recipes, so make sure you try some of these too:

If you try this recipe or any of my other favorite gin recipes, make sure you leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

two glasses of gin and tonic, each garnished with lime slices and full of ice

two glasses of gin and tonic, each garnished with lime slices and full of ice
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The Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe

Serves: 1 cocktail
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A classic Gin and Tonic is something that every aspiring at home bar tender needs to learn how to make. This recipe will show you how to make the traditional gin and tonic recipe with it's perfect ratios of gin to tonic and it will also give you a special twist that kicks the classic up a notch.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a high ball glass over ice.
Serving: 1cocktail Calories: 273kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 24g (8%) Sodium: 35mg (2%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: English
two glasses of gin and tonic, each garnished with lime slices and full of ice

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