A drinks industry expert has revealed how to make the perfect gin and tonic
Sam Carter from Bombay Sapphire, said ginger and mint are perfect ingredients. He revealed that lemon and lime soaked in water can make the G&T ‘musty’
Many of would be outraged if our G&T was served without a slice of lemon or lime.
But according to a gin expert, these garnishes should be avoided at costs when it comes to making the perfect gin &
tonic. Sam Carter, a senior ambassador at Bombay Sapphire, told Business Insider that the citrus fruits add ‘mustiness’.
The expert, who has 22 years experience in the drinks industry, said the perfect ingredients for a gin & tonic are
actually ginger and mint.
According to Carter, lemon and lime that has been sitting around in water can ruin the taste of your drink.
He said: ‘It just adds a real fusty, mustiness to it.’
Carter advises that ginger, which should be put in the glass first, and a spring of mint are the perfect addition to a G&T because they ‘pull on two of the botanicals in the gin’. He also said the perfect mixture is one part gin and two parts tonic, and the more ice the better.
And your enjoyment of your G&T can also be affected by your
choice of glass, with a balloon glass being the preferred choice and a burgundy red wine glass at a close
second. These glasses allow the drinker to get their noses right inside them, giving them a good whiff of the drink – part of the enjoyment of a good G&T.
Carter said the choice of tonic made a huge difference and revealed that Fever Tree and Schweppes Cucumber Tonic were his favourites. Gin lovers were sent into a frenzy recently when popular brand launched Premium Pink Distilled Gin & Tonic cans for £1.80 a tin at four major supermarkets in time for the first May bank holiday weekend.
Gordon’s Pink Gin, which launched last year, is said to taste of raspberries and red currants with a touch of juniper.
It has now been pre-mixed with Schweppes Tonic in tins, which are on sale at Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and the Co-op.