The Gin and Tonic is a timeless and refreshing cocktail that has enjoyed worldwide popularity for generations. It’s the epitome of simplicity, requiring just a few ingredients to create a perfectly balanced drink. Ideal for sipping on a warm day or as an aperitif, the Gin and Tonic can be customized with various garnishes to enhance its crisp and botanical flavors.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 to 6 ounces tonic water, depending on taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish
  • Optional garnishes: cucumber slice, rosemary sprig, or juniper berries


  1. Chill the Glass: Place a highball glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill. A cold glass will keep your drink cooler for longer and enhance the drinking experience.
  2. Fill the Glass with Ice: Fill the chilled glass to the top with ice cubes. Using plenty of ice not only keeps the drink cold but also slows down the melting process, preventing the cocktail from becoming too diluted.
  3. Add the Gin: Pour the gin over the ice. The amount of gin can be adjusted according to personal preference, but 2 ounces is standard for a well-balanced cocktail.
  4. Top with Tonic Water: Slowly pour the tonic water over the gin. The amount of tonic can vary depending on how strong or light you prefer your drink. Gently stirring the cocktail at this point is optional; some prefer to let the tonic water mix naturally with the gin as it’s poured.
  5. Garnish: Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink to add a touch of acidity and drop it into the glass. Alternatively, you can garnish with a cucumber slice for a more refreshing taste, a sprig of rosemary for an aromatic touch, or a few juniper berries to complement the gin’s botanicals.
  6. Serve: Serve the Gin and Tonic immediately, inviting the drinker to enjoy the crisp and invigorating flavors.


  • The quality of both the gin and the tonic water will significantly impact the cocktail’s taste. Experiment with different brands and types of gin to find your preferred flavor profile.
  • To explore different variations, consider using flavored tonic waters or adding a few drops of bitters to the cocktail for an extra layer of complexity.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g (mainly from the tonic water)
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Gin and Tonic is not only a cocktail but a tradition, celebrated for its simplicity and elegance. Whether enjoyed in the comfort of your home or at a social gathering, this classic drink remains a favorite for its ability to refresh and delight with every sip.

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