From England to Germany to America, everyone is drinking gin and tonic. When served correctly, gin and tonic sounds, looks, smells and tastes incredible. With the current gin craze taking over the world, you can forget about the simple gin and tonic with a splash of tonic and a slice of lime; as we see more of our favourite mixologists creating mad-hatter libations with liquid smoke and all sorts of weird and wonderful garnishes.
If you’re bored of the same old gin and tonic, we’ve come up with a few ways to spruce up this classic mixed drink, using fresh ingredients and substituting your choice of gin for a different type of spirit: turning it from your average tipple to a masterpiece in mere moments. With Easter weekend just around corner, what better excuse to try these concoctions out.
Beyond the G&T
Contratto Vermouth Bianco & Tonic
Long tarred by the brush of the 1970s naffness, vermouth is now being recognised for the fine apéritif it is. Top 60ml of Contratto Vermouth Bianco with tonic and garnish with lemon peel.
Cálem White & Dry & Tonic
Set to be the new drink of 2018, white port ticks the lower-alcohol trend box and is a wonderful alternative to gin. Serve over ice, with tonic, a slice of lemon, lemongrass and cucumber to garnish.
Clément Créole Shrubb & Tonic
Unlike the vinegar and fruit macerations that share the same name, Clément Créole Shrubb from Martinique is a spiced orange liqueur; perfect with tonic, a slice of orange and a dash of grapefruit bitters (optional).
Dolin Chambéryzette & Tonic
Dolin Chambéryzette is a blend of Vermouth de Chambéry and strawberry liqueur; ideal for the one with a slightly sweeter tooth. And yes you’ve guessed it… best served with tonic and strawberries and mint as your choice of garnish.
Four Bottles for Easter
Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson NV
To kick off any gathering sparkling wine is essential. Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson NV ticks all the boxes with its elegant buttery nose and expressive aromas of fruit and citrus.
Monte Pio Albariño 2016
Albariño is definitely one of Spain’s best kept secrets. This crisp, dry, aromatic Albariño by Monte Pio makes the ideal companion to your Easter fish course.
Ochoa Gran Reserva 2009
The mighty red; the centrepiece of every Easter table. Opt for the Ochoa Gran Reserva 2009, a classic style of wine with glorious notes of black fruits.
Nelstrop’s Pedro Ximenez
The ultimate after dinner delight, Nelstrop’s Pedro Ximenez; vintage Sherry and single malt whisky combined and aged for 2 years in oak… enough said!
Wishing you all a very happy Easter…