Friday, June 29, 2007

World's Best Gin & Tonic

Summer is here and it time to look at a great seasonal classic. The Gin & Tonic.

I'm going to give you the secret to making the world's best Gin & Tonic. Guess what, the key to this cocktail is not the gin. It's the tonic. I don't care how super-ultra-premium your favorite gin is, it's not going to taste great once you mix it with a flabby, sub-par tonic. Bargain-basement mixer is going to make a bargain-basement cocktail.

The best tonic water I have ever had is Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water. The Fever-Tree Tonic uses premium ingredients such as bitter orange from Tanzania, African Marigold, Lemons from Sicily and pure cane sugar. Dry and refreshing, with complex and subtle flavors, this tonic is the perfect compliment to a premium gin.

The World's Best Gin & Tonic
1.5 oz. Bombay Gin
4 oz. Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water

Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.

I used Bombay Gin in my G&T, but use your favorite gin and see the difference a premium mixer makes. Just don't ruin your premium tonic water with bad gin...

More information about Fever-Tree Tonic Water and their full range of premium mixers is available at

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Blogger dystopic eye monkey said...

Great post. Where can I get Fever-Tree in the US? (Preferably in the SF Bay Area.) The website only lists British outlets. Nice blog BTW.

12:14 AM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

In the SF Bay Area, Fever-Tree is available at BevMo.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I sampled Fever-Tree at the Vegas Bar Show in March and was quite impressed. Although, I still prefer my housemade cinnamon-cardamom tonic... ;)

8:42 PM  
Blogger jimmyp said...


I'll be happy to review your cinna-carda-mon syrup. Go ahead and ship it to the Cocktail Hour HQ and I'll get right on it!


11:27 AM  
Blogger phil varner said...

Have you tried Kevin's tonic recipe from Imbibe a couple of months ago? I was just down in CA and I should have gone by BevMo to get some of the FT. Rats.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Good tonic is so hard to find, for me Schweeps is really all I can ever find, but I always buy it in glass bottles as it seems far more fresher and fizzy than the plastic ones...

Love the blog!


5:45 PM  
Blogger David said...

Fever Tree is indeed a great tonic. FYI, over the years I have challenged many of my friends to blind gin tasting sessions and based on smell, neat gin and gin/tonic mixed 50-50 I can tell you that Bombay Sapphire is almost universally ranked very low.

Top gins by common consent are Plymouth, Millers, Tanqueray, Hendriks and Gordons.

1:54 PM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

Thanks for the comment heslop. I think all the gins you have listed are very good. I also like Sapphire. I think it mixes well, and that's the true test for me, since I don't often drink my gin straight.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the UK Bombay Saphire is generally only available at 40% strength. Outside of the UK the export strength (47%) is more common and the difference is extraordinary. While living in the UK I would buy the Bombay duty free not because of the price but because of the strength.
Jimmy I agree entirely that the tonic is also crucial and that Fever Tree is excellent- unfortunately can't find it here in Japan and have to put up with using Schweppes.
Regards Julian

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will try the tonic luv but the best gin is Hendrick's infused with Bulgarian rose and cucumber.. it smells and tastes gorgeous ;)

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it depends on the gin, but appart from the tonic, fever tree, q tonic and schweppes are the only valid, is the slice you put in gin tonic

for example a hendricks without cucumber doesn't taste the same, gvine without a grape or thin slice of green apple the same.... The key is the main gin ingredient and of course your taste, here are the slices I like

Hendricks - cucumber
seagrams - green lemon
london gin - lime
Bombay saphire - lime
gvine - green apple
citadel - pepper grains and a slice of Lemmon
ten or tanqueray- lemon

hope you like them!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree - absolutely awesome and the tonic is an important key.

Fever Tree is great with the Tanqueray but also try it with Aviation Gin.

I tasted these in a little bottle shop in Sydney called Corkscrew Cellars in Bellevue Hill - I don't know where else you can get it from - absoutely brilliant.
The only thing that gave it more zing was one tiny dash of angostura orange bitters. My mind was blown.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Drink Spirits said...

We found fever tree to be a little flat with Canada Dry actually being the one that people most loved in our blind test. Q Tonic wasn't far behind...

Here's the link to our Blind Taste Test for the best tonic for gin and tonic.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Martini Monkey said...

A gin suggestion, one I came across this year, is Brokers Premium London Dry Gin. Won quite a few prestigious competitions, of note in 2010, Ultimate Spirits championship in New York...beating out all the "big boys" along the way. Very tasty stuff!

4:50 PM  
Blogger jerry said...

Hans Blue gin beats them all I believe. Wonderful with fever tree tonic. Worth smelling them separately before mixing. Jerry

6:49 PM  

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