Its National Gin and Tonic Day today. Just to clarify, International Gin and Tonic day fall on the 19th October but National Gin and Tonic is celebrated only in the United States of America. But hey, more reasons to drink in sunny Singapore.
Gin is a spirit that is made from juniper berries and the method of distillation creates the distinct flavour of each gin brand. The spirit was first sold in the 17th century in pharmacies as a cure for medical issues like gout, gallstones and stomach problems. It is unclear if gin actually cured those problems but a delicious drink was discovered that way.
Gin is more often than not drank together with tonic water. Tonic also has a medical history and was sold in the 19th century to British officials to prevent the spread of malaria. Quinine was used to prevent the disease but was too bitter to drink so the British mixed it with soda and sugar and thus, tonic came about. Today tonic only contains a little bit of quinine, just enough for a slightly bitter flavour.
When served correctly, gin and tonic sounds, looks, smells and tastes irresistible. To celebrate international gin and tonic day, why not take it to another level with these recipes. For all the drinks, we recommend a 45ml serving of gin (if another spirit is added, decrease the amount of gin appropriately) and 100ml serving of tonic water. Use a nice long glass and fill the glass right to the top with some ice and use straws if you wish.
Take a herbal gin and pour a tablespoon of elderflower liqueur in. Add equal parts tonic water and champagne, garnish with a slapped sage leaf or two and a lemon wedge.
The “Too Cool”
Use a gin with fresh cucumber notes and pair with an elderflower flavoured tonic. Garnish with long ribbons of cucumber and a sprig of mint.
The Posh Gin and Tonic
Take a vibrant, citrussy gin and add a tablespoon of sweet vermouth. Add two dashes of peach bitters, top with tonic and garnish with a generous handful of luscious seasonal berries.
The Sloe Down
Sloe gin combines ridiculously well with lemon tonic, flirt with a zest of lemon over the glass and drop it in.
Marry a juniper-heavy gin with half a teaspoon of a super smokey whiskey. Add a dash of apricot liqueur and top with tonic, garnish with a chunky pink grapefruit zest.
The Tonic Delight
Select a floral gin and add a tablespoon of rose water, a tablespoon of peach liqueur and two dashes of grapefruit bitters. Go demure on the garnish and top with a rose petal.
The Guilty Pleasure
Pour a herbal-style gin and grab a few leaves of fresh mint, slap them and drop them in. Pop in two dashes of mint bitters and a tablespoon of chocolate liqueur. Introduce the tonic then garnish with a few sprigs of mint and some luxurious grated dark chocolate.
Stuck in the Med
Pick up some intriguing herbaceous gin and introduce it to a Mediterranean-style tonic. Rim your glass with some herbed sea salt, slap some fresh rosemary and stand it tall in the glass.
Make some flavoured water by boiling some herbs in water for a minute or two. Let the water cool then freeze the water and add the ice cubes to a classic gin and tonic – the drink’s flavour profile will evolve throughout the drinking. Garnish with the matching herbs for that extra special touch.
Gin is a widely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different types of cocktail. If your event is looking for something gin related, we can craft a customized menu comprising of different types of Gin and Tonics to suit your taste and preferences. As always, have a good week ahead, cheers!