Today is International Gin & Tonic Day and with that in mind we asked the The Boodles Butler to give us some expert advice on how to craft the perfect Gin & Tonic using the range of Boodles British Gin.
If you are not familiar with the Boodles British Gin range, it consists of Boodles Original London Dry, Boodles Rhubarb & Strawberry and Boodles Mulberry. As you’d expect, the Boodles Butler is able to offer specialist advice on the essential components needed to make the perfect G&T for each of the three expressions.
The first rule Mr Boodles insists upon for making the perfect cocktail is that it is prepared with a little bit of labour and patience, the same way that every batch of Boodles British Gin is made. So take your time and don’t rush.
Naturally Mr Boodles advises you use a proper British gin – Boodles, of course – and the proper tonic to complement it. Fevertree is always a good go-to and then follow the concise process of adding the ice first, then the gin and finally a splash of tonic water.
Do ensure you put plenty of ice in the glass to keep the temperature of your drink lower, meaning the carbon dioxide in your tonic finds it harder to escape and keeps your G&T fizzier for longer, which is really important. Then be sure to pour your gin with the correct measuring of exactly 2 oz.
It naturally follows that the way you pour the tonic matters too. So pour it very slowly to keep the fizz and to balance the flavour of the gin. Pouring the tonic too quickly will cause the tonic to fizz to the top of the glass, releasing lots of CO2, meaning you will get less fizz in your glass.
So here are Mr Boodles’ tips on making four perfect gin cocktails.
First up is Boodles Rhuby & Tonic, which is made with 1 part Boodles Rhubarb & Strawberry Gin, 2 parts Premium Tonic Water, 5 ice cubes and a sliced strawberry.
Mix the the gin and tonic in a tall glass and pour it over the ice. Then stir and garnish with some thin slices of strawberry inside the glass.
Our second cocktail is Boodles Mulberry Winter Warmer, which is a mix of 1 part Boodles Mulberry Gin, 2 parts Premium Tonic Water, 2 large ice cubes and a lemon wheel.
Pour one part Boodles Mulberry Gin and two parts tonic into a highball glass over the ice, then stir until the colours combine and finally add a lemon wheel and serve for the perfect winter pick me up!
Our third cocktail is a straightforward Boodles On Ice, made with 1 part Boodles Gin, 2 parts Premium Tonic Water, shaved ice and a grapefruit wedge.
Shave a handful of clear ice into a tumbler, then pour one part Boodles Gin and two parts tonic and stir. Add the grapefruit wedge to the glass and serve for an alpine refreshing drink!
Our fourth and final cocktail is called Boodles Up The Amazon, and is a mix of 1 part Boodles Gin, 2 parts Premium Tonic Water, 5 ice cubes and a sliver of Guava.
Pour one part Boodles gin and two parts tonic into a highball glass over the ice cube and then stir to a flourish. Add a sliver of guava and serve for the perfect tropical quencher!
For more information please visit www.boodlesgin.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
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