7 Ways to Upgrade Gin and Tonic For Summer

Summer is around the corner and it’s time to give the classic gin and tonic a little upgrade.

7 Ways to Upgrade Gin and Tonic This Summer

The classic two-ingredient drink may be delicious on its own but it can also benefit from a little variation. Impress your guests at your next party with these simple ways to spruce up gin and tonic.

Here are 7 Ways to Upgrade Gin and Tonic:

1. Use Half Tonic and Half Soda

When it comes to the classic G&T, not everyone likes the taste and bitterness of quinine in tonic water. Using half tonic water and half soda water gives the G&T a lighter and more refreshing taste.

2. Use Sloe Gin

Sloe Gin is usually enjoyed with a splash of soda water or in classic cocktails such as The Charlie Chaplin. Swap the gin for Sloe Gin, add tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge. You can also use half tonic half soda water with sloe gin.

3. Make Flavour-Infused Ice Cubes

Make flavour-infused ice cubes by adding ingredients such as dill, cucumber, berries, rosemary, citrus, top with water and freeze. Use the flavoured ice cubes in a classic G&T. As the ice melts, it will add flavour to the drink.

4. Add a Splash of Modifier

Introduce a new flavour to the G&T by adding a splash of modifier such as Suze, Lillet Blanc and Elderflower Liqueur.

5. Make a Turbo G&T

Make a Turbo Gin & Tonic by using cold brew coffee with a juniper or citrus forward gin and G&T for a refreshing pick me up in the afternoon.

6. Get Creative with a Garnish

Not only does it add visual appeal but the ultimate G&T garnish can complement the drink or give it contrast which gives it a totally different taste experience. For suggestions on garnish pairings, here’s how to garnish gin and tonic.

7. Make a G&T Slushie

For the ultimate in summer refreshment, put the blender to good use and make a Gin & Tonic slushie. Mix together, gin, tonic, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and store in the freezer overnight. The liquid won’t freeze totally but it will chill very nicely. To make the slushie, add ice cubes and the “frozen” liquid to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with lime zest.

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7 Ways to Upgrade Gin and Tonic For Summer was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.