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Gin and Tonic Recipe

Gin and Tonic is now by far the most popular mixed alcoholic drink. No wonder, because it is ready in no time and there are endless possibilities for variation.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: apertif
Cuisine: alcoholic cocktail, american
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 170kcal


  • 1⅓ oz Gin
  • 4 oz Tonic water or 5 oz, depending on taste
  • 5 drops Lemon or lime juice depending on taste, herbs, spices, fruits used
  • Ice cubes


  • Pour the gin into the glass.
  • Then open the bottle of tonic water just before use to preserve the carbon dioxide in it. Pour the tonic water gently into the glass so that little carbon dioxide escapes.
  • Now slowly fill the glass with ice cubes to the brim. Mix gently with a cocktail stick.
  • Finally garnish the edge of the glass with a lemon or lime slice or alternatively put the fruit slice in the glass. Depending on your wishes, the drink can be garnished with herbs, spices or fruits.



The Correct Mixing ratio in Gin Tonic

As a long drink, the recipe for gin & tonics is simple. It consists of the spirit gin and a mixer, tonic water, which is poured into the glass containing the gin. Therefore, the right mixing ratio is decisive for the taste.
A 1:1 mix has few followers. The alcohol here is too dominant and the bitter notes of tonic don’t really get through.
The 1:3 and 1:4 mixtures are common and form a well balanced taste. The aromas of the gin are clearly recognizable, but the alcohol is not overpowering. And the tonic water brings the necessary bitterness and freshness into the glass.
You get 1:5 as a mix ratio in most bars. Here the taste of the tonic is more clearly in the foreground.

Serving Temperature and Garnishing a Gin Tonic

A crucial factor for the perfect gin and tonic is a low drinking temperature and a low melt water discharge. The drinking glass and tonic water should be pre-cooled. Store the glass in the freezer beforehand or cooled with ice cubes.
If you serve limes, lemons or oranges as a garnish, cut into slices in advance. Cut any other fruits, spices or herbs, into right sizes if you will use them as garnish.