Gin and tonic are known to complement each other perfectly, but drinking gin with plain tonic water can start to become a little bit more like a habit than a pleasure.
There are plenty of different gin mixers that you can enjoy with your favourite tipples, and today we are going to be exploring just a handful of them with you.
1. Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemon Tonic Water
If you have only ever enjoyed gin with tonic water, then you may wish to start off slowly. Fever-Tree’s Sicilian Lemon Tonic Water is both enchanting and refreshing, with a subtle backdrop of freshly squeezed lemons that have been plucked from Mount Etna’s fertile slopes. This sparkling lemonade can be used to complement many different gins and flavour palettes, from Sipsmith’s V.J.O.P to Manchester Gin’s Wild Spirit Gin.
2. Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer
Taking it up a notch, Franklin & Sons’ award-winning ginger beer has a unique twist, as it is perfectly complemented by a sharp citrusy edge. The recipe for this gin can be traced back to the Victorian era in England, making it perfect for those classic gin cocktail recipes. We would highly recommend using ginger beer to make a Foghorn cocktail.
3. Fentimans Rose Lemonade
If you enjoy sweet tones and delicate aromas, then Fentimans’ Rose Lemonade could be a welcome addition to your gin cocktail recipes and afternoons spent relaxing under the sun. The lemonade itself is made from real hand-squeezed lemons and Rose Otto from the noteworthy Rose Valley in Kazanlak. One of the best things about this mixer is the fact that you can buy it pre-mixed with BLOOM’s London Dry Gin.
4. Cranberry Juice
Those who know that they prefer tart flavours might find that they prefer the taste of fruit juices to the taste of lemonade and other fizzier alternatives. Cranberry juice is a fantastic option for people who enjoy tart mixers and it fits in well with several different cocktail recipes, especially around the holidays.
5. Grapefruit Juice
If you are looking for a citrus-infused alternative to oranges, lemons and limes, then you might want to reach for the grapefruit juice in the supermarket. Grapefruit juice can be used to complement a number of different easy gin cocktails, and it could be perfect for you to experiment with.
6. Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey tea is a favourite of many British people, just as gin is. What if we told you that you can easily combine the two? We would recommend cooling a pot of Earl Grey tea in the fridge and using it as a cocktail ingredient in a glass full of ice when the weather is hot.
7. San Pellegrino Chinotto
San Pellegrino’s Chinotto is a fantastic option for anyone who enjoys cocktails that are heavily infused with citrus flavours. Sun-ripened Chinotto oranges are known for their unique flavour palette, having ripened underneath the Mediterranean sun. We would highly recommend using this gin mixer with either Roku Gin or Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin.
8. Fentimans Curiosity Cola
For a rather unusual and yet delightful twist on a traditional gin and coke, try mixing Fentimans Curiosity Cola with your gin. This cola has a unique gingery warmth and has been brewed with a number of different botanicals, giving it a relatively unique palette that perfectly complements a number of different floral gins.
Upgrading your Cupboard
As you can see, there are plenty of different ingredients that you can mix with your gin to take your taste buds on new and exciting journeys. Don’t forget that you can also utilise ingredients like honey, jam and marmalade in your cocktail recipes, adding another layer of expertise to your drinks.
If you would like to save yourself some time, then you might instead wish to indulge in some pre-mixed gin cocktails. To share your creations with us, use the #ginandtonicly hashtag on Instagram.