1. ICE, ICE, ICE, ICE BABY.
When making a G&T more ice is better if you don’t want a watered down drink - the more ice you put in the more surface area of ice in contact with your drink and the quicker it cools the drink……
But, make sure your cubes aren’t too small as a poor ratio of volume to surface area will make for a quicker melt!
2. JUST ADD WATER.
Want to taste your gin neat to try and discern some of those botanicals? Stick it in a glass that tapers in at the top (like a snifter) so that you hold in some of the aromas and add a little dash of water.
The water will dilute the alcohol, preventing it from over powering the flavours and allowing you to pick out the subtleties of the ingredients.
3. TWIST AND GO
We think a twist of citrus fruit rind can be better garnish if you want a cleaner tasting drink.
Use a peeler to take take off a large area of peel - try to not go too deep so you avoid the pith - or scrape it off with a knife after.
Twist the peel over your drink to allow the oils to spray over the surface and drop in for a really refreshing beverage.
A twist of fruit peel can completely transform your drink, often softening out harsh tones.
4. YOU’RE OUT JIM.
Slim Jims have been used for the humble G&T for donkey’s years but have you ever considered something with a bit more space in it to allow your drink to move around?
The Copa de Balon as the Spanish call it is the preferred glass off choice for many barmen these days and there’s a good reason. Similar (if not identical) to a cabernet wine glass it also tapers in at the top to allow the fragrances from the gin to collect at the top.
So go on, take those big wine glasses that you don’t use out of the cupboard and stick a gin in them. Don't have them already? You can buy copa de balon glasses here.
5. JUST THE TONIC.
We have, for most of our lives, had but two choices when it came to tonic - Indian or Slimline. Well times have changed. Thanks in part to great companies like Fever Tree there are a plethora of wonderful tasting tonics on the market to pair up with those ever increasing variations of gin.
Mediterranean and elderflower versions are made by a few companies as well as Fever Tree but have you tried lemon grass tonic from Peter Spanton or Hop Tonic by Square Root in Hackney? There’s lots out there to choose from if you do a bit of digging so rather than stick to the Schweppes, look at the botanicals in your fave gin and see what you can pair it up with!