Gin and tonic is a glorious drink in its traditional guise, as well as being surprisingly adaptable. If you are looking for a new twist on a classic G&T, these 23 recipes will work wonders.
Name of Recipe: Too Cool
Gin of Choice: Gordon’s Elderflower Gin
Perfect Pairing: Enjoy on its own or match with a fish dish.
Gin Description: Jazz up your G&T by taking a peeler to a cucumber and creating a couple of long strips to add along with a splash of floral tonic, preferably infused with elderflower for that ideal summery finish.
Name of Recipe: Ol’ Smokey
Gin of Choice: Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Meat dishes where the chilled smokiness of the drink can really shine.
Gin Description: Create your G&T as usual, then add a dash of your preferred blended whiskey and a hit of a fruit liqueur, opting for apricot infusions where possible.
Creator: Leon Dalloway
Name of Recipe: The Evolver
Gin of Choice: Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Salty snacks and appetisers of all kinds.
Gin Description: The key to this G&T is the ice cubes; boil a suitable herb of your choice in about 200ml for around 60 seconds. Take this off the hob and leave it to return to room temperature, then pour it into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. Once ready, the herb-packed cubes will give off more flavor as you get through the drink.
Name of Recipe: The Parisian
Gin of Choice: Hendrick’s Gin
Perfect Pairing: This drink will add an element of class to a barbecue.
Gin Description: Enhance your G&T by swapping half the tonic for full bodied champagne while also hitting it with a tablespoon of elderflower liqueur to seal the deal.
Name of Recipe: Tonic Delight
Gin of Choice: Whitley Neill’s Original Gin
Perfect Pairing: A dessert course will work well with this sweeter G&T.
Gin Description: Bring the botanicals of the gin to new heights by adding a dash of rosewater, peach liqueur and citrus bitters. Adjust the measures according to your sweet tooth.
Name of Recipe: Strawberry & Black Pepper Blast
Gin of Choice: Bombay Sapphire
Perfect Pairing: Something savoury and summery.
Gin Description: Make G&T as usual, then garnish with slices of fresh strawberry and a twist or two of black pepper from your grinder. This might sound odd, but the peppery flavours will really compliment the sweet fruit and the sharp tang of the gin.
Name of Recipe: Rhubarb G&T
Gin of Choice: Beefeater Original Gin
Perfect Pairing: A sweet treat or a lighter main course will work well with this.
Gin Description: Simmer a thinly sliced stick of rhubarb with 230ml of water and 70g of sugar to create a syrup which you can blend when cooled. Add this to your gin with the juice of half a lemon, tonic and of course ice.
Name of Recipe: Earl Gray G&T
Gin of Choice: Jawbox Classic Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Makes an ideal late night, post-meal pick-me-up.
Gin Description: Make a cup of black Earl Grey, remove the bag and add two or three teaspoons of sugar, mixing everything together to ensure it dissolves. Combine a measure of this with the same amount of lemon juice, then add a double measure of gin and complete the G&T with your tonic of choice. A curl of orange peel will bring out the citrus notes of the Earl Grey perfectly.
Creator: Philip David
Name of Recipe: Blueberry Thyme G&T
Gin of Choice: Boodles British London Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Best enjoyed on a hot day with a burger in hand.
Gin Description: Muddle a small handful of blueberries along with a sprig or two of thyme in a glass, along with a small measure of sugar syrup. Add one or two measures of gin, along with ice cubes, before topping it up with tonic.
Creator: Proper Tasty
Name of Recipe: Basil G&T
Gin of Choice: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
Perfect Pairing: A colourful caprese salad.
Gin Description: Pop the gin and five or six basil leaves in a glass and bruise the leaves to bring out the flavour, then add tonic along with ice and complete the drink with an intact leaf or two of basil and a slice of orange.
Creator: Jamie Baxter
Name of Recipe: Coffee G&T
Gin of Choice: Malfy Original Gin
Perfect Pairing: Great with the final course of a meal, or flying solo.
Gin Description: The super simple solution to any after dinner lull, this G&T just requires the addition of a single measure of coffee liqueur, along with a fresh cherry to add a little tartness and a little orange zest to further augment all the flavours.
Creator: Jamie Jones
Name of Recipe: Sage G&T
Gin of Choice: Warner Edwards Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: A hearty meat or fish dish, or vegetarian equivalent.
Gin Description: The herbal hints that are a feature of many gins can be pushed to the max with the addition of sage leaves, lightly bruised, to act as a garnish.
Creator: Lance Winters
Name of Recipe: Sloe G&T
Gin of Choice: Gordon’s Sloe Gin
Perfect Pairing: Fresh fruit salad.
Gin Description: Combine a measure of the sloe gin with 20ml of Maraschino liqueur, the same again of freshly squeezed lemon juice and three teaspoons of sugar syrup. Muddle in two or three blackberries with this mixture, then choose a basic tonic water to complete the drink, as the fancier herbal infused tonics will have their flavours overwhelmed by the sloes.
Creator: Des Yatigammana
Name of Recipe: Gin & Condensed Tonic
Gin of Choice: Slingsby London Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: A bowl of Italian olives.
Gin Description: This is a normal G&T in every regard, save for the fact that you have to boil the tonic water to remove two thirds of the liquid and make a far more concentrated concoction. Let this cool a little, then add it to the gin over ice.
Creator: Nate Brown
Name of Recipe: Posh G&T
Gin of Choice: Bloom London Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Whatever sophisticated food takes your fancy, although even fried comfort food will go well with this G&T.
Gin Description: One of the simplest yet most enticing of our turbocharged gin and tonic recipes, this requires the addition of 20ml of sweet vermouth along with a dash or two of peach bitters and fresh red fruits added as a beautifully bobbing garnish.
Name of Recipe: Guilty Pleasure
Gin of Choice: Tanqueray Lovage Gin
Perfect Pairing: Pick a pudding to go with this indulgent G&T.
Gin Description: Rich and naughty, this recipe requires the addition of fresh mint leaves and mint bitters along with a couple of teaspoons of chocolate liqueur and of course the gin itself. The tonic will bring the bubbles, while a leaf or two of mint will top it off nicely.
Name of Recipe: Coriander and Cinnamon G&T
Gin of Choice: Peaky Blinders Spiced Dry Gin
Perfect Pairing: Tingle your tongue with this gin and a roast dinner on a winter’s evening.
Gin Description: Muddle a couple of sprigs of coriander in a glass along with a couple of dashes of ground cinnamon. Use the spiced gin to bring even more heat and liveliness to the mix, then plop in a handful of ice and introduce the tonic as the crowning glory for this drink.
Creator: Eduardo de la Mora
Name of Recipe: Grape and Elderflower G&T
Gin of Choice: Edinburgh Gin
Perfect Pairing: Goes great with fruit sorbet.
Gin Description: Take a small amount of elderflower cordial and add it to a glass with a handful of grapes and mint leaves, then muddle this mixture and hit it with two measures of gin as well as ice and tonic to round it all off.
Creator: Holly Willcocks
Name of Recipe: Stuck in the Med
Gin of Choice: Daffy’s Small Batch Premium Gin
Perfect Pairing: Mediterranean foods like grilled fish.
Gin Description: Before you start, wet the rim of your glass a little and then upend it into a little sea salt to coat it. Make the G&T as normal, pulling the seaside holiday theme together with a lightly distressed sprig of rosemary.
Name of Recipe: Sloe Down
Gin of Choice: Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Perfect Pairing: This flavourful gin is best enjoyed without any other distractions.
Gin Description: Bring together Sipsmith’s excellent sloe gin with a tonic that is infused with lemon, then add lemon zest as the only garnish to allow the citrus to do battle with the syrupy sweeness of the berries.
Name of Recipe: Sbagliato-nic
Gin of Choice: 3 Pugs Dry Signature Premium Gin
Perfect Pairing: A Ceasar salad should offset this gin well.
Gin Description: Add a measure of the gin along with the same again of Campari and your sweet vermouth of choice to a glass then add ice, tonic water and a slice of fresh orange to finish.
Name of Recipe: West Country G&T
Gin of Choice: Caorunn Gin
Perfect Pairing: A vegetable dish works well with this kitchen garden-inspired G&T.
Gin Description: Muddle up a sugar snap pea with a small cube of candied rhubarb and a shaving from a root of raw ginger. Add two shots of gin along with a handful of ice and pour over tonic until it reaches the rim of the glass.
Creator: Lloyd Brown
Name of Recipe: Bittersweet Symphony
Gin of Choice: Firkin Try Me Naked Scotland Gin
Perfect Pairing: A tangy, spicy dish like a Thai curry.
Gin Description: Grab the bitters of your choice and add four dashes to a mixture of 35ml of the gin, half this of sweet vermouth and a couple of teaspoons of coffee-flavoured liqueur. Ice and tonic come next, of course, along with zested orange as a finisher.
Creator: Willy Borrell
Name of Recipe: Thyme & Lime Twist
Gin of Choice: Steampunk Pirate Rascal Strength Gin
Perfect Pairing: Cleanse your palate after a Chinese meal with this crisp citrus drink.
Gin Description: Take as large a glass as possible and add the gin followed by the juice of half a lime, then hit it with a dash of bitters and conclude proceedings with tonic water and a sprig of thyme, not forgetting the ice.
Creator: Josh Linfitt