THERE is nothing more refreshing than a cold gin and tonic on a hot day.
But, according to an expert, we’ve actually all been making them wrong.
Instagram/ Bombay Sapphire Sam Carter said adding citrus fruits was a no-no
Bombay Sapphire‘s senior ambassador Sam Carter, in an interview with Business Insider, revealed the ideal way to make the perfect G&T.
Sam, who has 22 years in the drinks industry, said we should be turning down lemon and lime because we risk adding fruit that’s been sat around in water.
“It just adds a real fusty, mustiness to it,” he said.
Instead we should go for mint and ginger, he said, explaining that the ginger should be put in the glass first, then the gin, tonic, ice and finally a mint sprig. He continued: “These two flavours pull on two of the botanicals in the gin.”
Instagram/ Bombay Sapphire The quantity of tonic should be double that of the gin
Sam suggested trying local products to spruce up your gin, and has even added watercress in the past.
And he was clear about measurements: one part gin to two parts tonic.
“The more ice the better,” said Sam, adding: “There’s a massive misconception that people don’t want too much dilution.”
Instagram/ Bombay Sapphire The more ice the better
And make sure you don’t scrimp on the tonic, he said, explaining his favourite brands were Fever Tree and Schweppes Cucumber Tonic.
Unless you are having a party, fork out for smaller cans, so you can keep it fizzy.
Finally, you should chose your glass carefully. Ideally people should be using balloon glasses, but if they aren’t available burgundy red wine glasses work.
“So much flavour comes from the aroma,” Sam said. “That’s why these glasses work so well — your nose is right in there.”