International G&T Day: What’s the secret to a good Gin and Tonic?

Celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day the way it was meant to be. With a glass (or many!) of it by your side.

No matter what the question may be, a glass of gin and tonic is always the answer. What started off as medicinal liquor, with a splash of tonic is now truly a soothing balm to achy days. 

Colonial hangover notwithstanding, the drink was first mixed in India by the British East India Company to tackle malaria. Quinine, a traditional (and bitter) cure was part of the tonic consumed. Officers in the 19th century then began adding sugar, lime and gin to the water and quinine mixture, birthing the drink as we know it today.

Aged 95, when Mary Edith Keyburn passed away on October 19, 2010, with a gin and tonic smuggled to her side, she had no idea of the legacy she was leaving behind. Her friends and family paid homage to Mary Edith and marked the occasion as International Gin and Tonic Day. Naturally, social media discovered this in 2012 and blew it up into the global event it is today.

Such is the allure of the drink that one could easily find even gin and tonic tea bags today. So what better excuse (if ever one was needed!) than International Gin and Tonic Day to whip up the perfect cocktail?

Cutting to the chase, what is the secret behind a great G&T? As the greats say, the beauty lies in its simplicity. 

A typical gin and tonic recipe calls for your preferred gin, some tonic, and a garnish of your liking. That’s it. However, the concoction may remain far from perfect if not for attention to detail.

And that’s where we come into the picture, with some of the best recipes to satiate aficionados, as well as welcome the casual newbies. Featuring Roku Gin and Bombay Sapphire, these cocktails are as easy as they are delightfully refreshing. While the latter is a staple amongst gin drinkers everywhere, the former is an artistically crafted Japanese blend brought to India.

Make it your own with garnishes and increased quantities. After all, this is one place where size does matter – no one likes a small G&T. 

Peppermint G&T

You can't go wrong with a peppermint gin & tonic made of bombay sapphire
You can’t go wrong with a Peppermint G&T made of Bombay Sapphire

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 40 ml peppermint tea
  • 60 ml premium tonic water
  • Mint sprig
  • Star Anise

Method

  • Fill a balloon glass with ice.
  • Add 50 ml Bombay Sapphire and 40 ml peppermint tea.
  • Top up with 60 ml premium tonic water.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig & a star anise.

Cranberry G & T

How refreshing does this cranberry gin & tonic with bombay sapphire look?
How refreshing does this Cranberry G&T with Bombay Sapphire look?

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 30 ml cranberry juice
  • 70 ml premium tonic water
  • A lime wedge

Method

  • Fill a balloon glass with ice
  • Add 50 ml Bombay Sapphire
  • Add 30 ml cranberry juice
  • Top up with 70 ml premium tonic water
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

Roku Tonic 

Classic roku gin and tonic
It’s simpler than you think to make a classic Roku Tonic

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Roku
  • 120 ml Tonic

Garnish

  • Ginger sticks, as per your preference

Method

  • Add all ingredients and build. Serve over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with ginger slices.

Roku Sonic

A glass of roku sonic makes for the perfect international gin & tonic day
A glass of Roku Sonic makes for the perfect International G&T Day

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Roku
  • 60 ml Tonic Water
  • 60 ml Soda Water             

Garnish

  • Lime Garnish, as per your preference

Method

  • Add ice to a highball glass and stir to chill glass. Add Roku and stir to chill the gin. Top with tonic.

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