Drink Recipe:: Gin and Tonic

by Negronis Greg

Ah, the classic Gin and Tonic. It's a refreshing drink that's perfect for sipping on a hot day or at happy hour with friends. Let's dive into the origins, ingredients, recipe, and who's making the best G&Ts today.


The Gin and Tonic originated in India during the 19th century. British soldiers in the Indian colonies found themselves dealing with malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses, so they started adding quinine to their gin to prevent sickness. Quinine is a bitter compound derived from the bark of the cinchona tree, which was used to treat malaria. To make the quinine more palatable, they mixed it with water, sugar, and lime. Later, the drink was mixed with tonic water, which already contained quinine, to make it more convenient.


To make a Gin and Tonic, you'll need:

  • 2 oz of gin
  • 4 oz of tonic water
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the gin.
  3. Top off with tonic water.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Who's making the best G&Ts today:

There are countless bars and restaurants making fantastic Gin and Tonics, but some of the most notable include:

  • The Gibson in London, known for their extensive gin menu and unique garnishes.
  • The Dead Rabbit in New York City, known for their expertly crafted cocktails and dedication to Irish whiskey and beer.
  • Atlas in Singapore, known for their impressive collection of gin from around the world and luxurious Art Deco ambiance.

Personal Opinion and Pairings:

As someone who enjoys a good G&T, I find that the drink pairs well with light snacks like nuts, popcorn, or chips. It's also a great drink to enjoy before a meal as it stimulates the appetite. I personally like to experiment with different gins and tonics to see how the flavors complement each other. Some of my favorite gins to use include Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick's, and Tanqueray.

In conclusion, the Gin and Tonic is a timeless classic that's enjoyed all over the world. Whether you're sipping on it at home or at a fancy cocktail bar, it's a simple yet sophisticated drink that's perfect for any occasion.

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