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How To Make The Perfect Gin and Tonic

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The Gin and Tonic is a slice of British history. Introduced to India by the army of the British East India Company, it served as a conveniently enjoyable mosquito repellent due to the tonic water's quinine content. Today it is simply a sophisticated and delicious cocktail.
What you'll need: 
Tonic water
Fresh lemon or lime
Hi-ball glass
Chopping board
Paring board
Bar/Long-handled spoon
It is a common misconception that a glass full of ice is a bar's way of saving money and short-changing customers. In truth, using more ice will minimise dilution and ensure that your drink stays colder for longer.
Begin by cutting the lemon or lime into squeezable wedges using the paring knife and chopping board.
Fill a clean hi-ball glass with fresh cubed ice before adding either 25ml or 50ml of the gin of your choice. Use the best quality gin you can afford as it will be one of the dominant flavours in the finished drink. Tanqueray, Gordon's, Bombay Sapphire and Beefeater are excellent for mixing.
Squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime into the glass. Using a bar/long-handled spoon, stir the ice around the glass until the glass frosts over.
Slowly begin pouring the tonic water into the glass while stirring. Once the glass is full, squeeze another wedge of lemon/lime into the glass and run the wedge around the lip.
Stir thoroughly before garnishing with a fresh lemon/lime wedge.
Tanqueray 10, Beefeater 24, Hendrick's, Citadel and Gin209 are good extra-premium options if you want to add a little extra luxury.
The Gin and Tonic is a British classic which is perfect for both summer days and nights indoors when its cold outside.


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