Upgrade The Classic G&T With These Delicious Variations


Dominic Loneragan

Yes, we know it's winter. But does that mean we have to give up the privilege of having a fresh weekend cocktail? Luckily for us, World Gin Day falls right in the heart of the cold season and we'll take any excuse to whip up a beverage.

To celebrate, we think it's best to stick to the classics and there's nothing more classic than a G+T. According to Woollahra Hotel's resident mixologist Kurtis Bosley (who whips up delicious variations from a Haymans London Dry Style Gin & Fever Tree Indian Tonic with strawberry and mint to a Bombay Sapphire & Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic with lemon and white pepper), the sweet spot ratio is is 30mL of gin to 250mL tonic. 

Then, garnish as you please: a sprig of rosemary, a tumble of strawberries or a classic slice of cucumber.

Scroll down for two more twists on the classic below. Happy Gin Day!



Dominic Loneragan

Coriander and Lime G&T

Makes one drink

2 ounces gin
4 ounces tonic water
3 sprigs coriander 
2 lime wedges 

In a shaker, pour in gin, and add coriander and one lime wedge. Muddle. Shake. Pour into rocks glass filled with ice and top with tonic. Add garnish.

(from thekitchn.com)


Strawberry and Sweet Pepper G&T


3 strawberries
18 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 12 oz. navy-strength gin
4 oz. tonic


Muddle two strawberries and ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled goblet. Stir in 1½ oz. navy-strength gin. Top with 4 oz. tonic; garnish with a strawberry.

Cucumber and Rose G&T

Makes four drinks

1 litre (4 cups) filtered water 
Handful scented rose petals, washed  
360mL Hendrick's gin 
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced into ribbons  
To taste: good quality tonic water 

Pour filtered water into a shallow tray, scatter with rose petals and freeze solid (3-4 hours). Break into rough shapes with a meat mallet and freeze until required. Fill 12 bountiful lowball glasses generously with rose ice. Pour 30ml (or more) Hendrick’s gin into each, add a curled ribbon of cucumber, then pour over a splash of tonic (or not – this drink is perfectly delicious neat) and serve immediately, scattered with extra rose petals if desired.

(from GourmetTraveller.com.au)

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