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The Perfect Serve

While we all know how satisfying a glass of gin and tonic can be on a sunny day, we might not actually be aware of how to make the perfect concoction.
According to Sipsmith, the perfect gin and tonic contains three simple ingredients:
• 50ml gin
• Tonic water (Fever Tree Indian Tonic is their go-to)
• Lemon twist or wedge of lime to garnish

We also spoke to two gin aficionados to find out exactly what it takes to transform yourself from G&T novice to fledgling mixologist.

The perfect glass. An old tumbler from the back of your cupboard simply won’t do, we’re told: ‘Contrary to the traditional highball glass, one with a good opening – like a copa, tumbler or even a red wine glass – can really enhance the nose and allow you to take in all the fragrant botanicals in the gin,’ says Simon Gamble, Product Creative Director of Two Birds Spirits.

The right amount of ice. ‘It’s crucial to get your glass as cold as possible,’ says James Chase, CEO and Founder of Chase Distillery. ‘Add as much ice as you possibly can (and make sure it’s clear). I always say the more ice you use, the less dilution you get – meaning you’ll really be able to taste the quality of the gin.’

Get the measurements right. ‘It all depends on your day, and whether you've had a bad one or not!’ James laughs. ‘But for taste, I always go with a quarter of gin and three-quarters tonic.’

Pick your tonic wisely. ‘As the tonic amounts to three-quarters of the G&T, it should ideally be top-notch quality,’ Simon advises. ‘I’d also stick to “unflavoured” tonic waters, as the garnishes on a G&T really enhance the flavour.’