Today Minibar Delivery celebrates one of the world’s most beloved, classic cocktails: The Gin and Tonic. October 19th marks International Gin & Tonic Day. Minibar Delivery has a few ideas in mind for how you should celebrate. 

Here is the bottom line: 

If you want an excuse to drink this evening, you are in luck. 

In order to observe this holiday, make sure you have stocked up on your favorite brand of gin, tonic water, and of course tons of limes! You order, Minibar Delivery delivers in as little as 30-60 minutes! 

In the following text, we will offer the history of this classic drink, instructions on how to fashion your own, as well as other helpful tips and tricks! 

What is Gin? 

Gin is a grain-based spirit loved for its principal juniper flavor. Often, experts compare this spirit to vodka. This is because both gin and vodka are distilled from grains that produce ethanol. The main difference, however, is that gin undergoes a second distillation. During the secondary distillation, the distillers pass the spirit through a variety of herbs and spices. The result of this secondary process is a spirit with the distinctive flavor and aroma of pine. 

What does a Gin & Tonic taste like? 

Gin and tonic lovers typically describe this classic mixed drink as bright and zesty. The light, bittersweet flavor of the tonic water balances out the tartness of the limes as well as the vibrant aromas of gin’s botanicals, juniper and coriander. 

Here is our main point: 

A gin and tonic is a drink all about balance. Too much of one ingredient has the potential to alter the cocktail’s entire flavor profile. Striking the right balance, however, ensures a refreshing drink that all 21+ can enjoy! 

The reason why this drink has held its popularity for decades is: 

It is simple, delicious, and refreshing. 

What is the history of this drink? 

It is believed that the drink was introduced to the world in the 1800’s. During this time, malaria was quite a prevalent issue in tropical regions, namely India. Eager to find a way to prevent the disease, Scottish doctor George Celghorn turned to quinine, a traditional cure for malaria. Often quinine was mixed with tonic water, but this yielded quite an overpowering bitter taste. During this time British officers in India took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime, and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, and thus the gin and tonic was born. 

How should a Gin & Tonic be served? 

Typically, bartenders serve a gin and tonic in a high-ball glass. For those who truly want to bring out the flavor of the gin, however, this cocktail should be served in a balloon glass.

Now let’s think about garnishes:

While a lime is a classic and suitable garnish, there are many other flavors that can accompany a gin and tonic. The choice of garnish largely depends on the flavor profile of the gin. For a gin with cucumber and rose petal notes, a cucumber garnish is perfect. Spiced gins pair nicely with an orange wheel. An orange’s warmth and sweetness tends to complement the winter flavors of clove, cassia, and nutmeg. Lastly, a gin and tonic is best enjoyed over ice. Bartenders recommend using either purified water or tonic water for the ice cubes to avoid impurities of tap water that could impact the flavor of the drink. 

How do you make a Gin and Tonic? 

Although the basic recipe remains the same, the gin and tonic has evolved over the years. Today, there are many twists on this classic cocktail. Some bartenders choose to muddle cucumber or fruit while others utilize infused gin. 

Minibar delivery wants to harken back the classics. Here is the classic, refreshing gin and tonic recipe: 

In a balloon glass filled with ice, pour 2oz of gin and 4 to 5oz of tonic water. Next, stir gently so as not to lose the carbonation in the tonic water. Lastly, garnish with a lime wedge. Voilà! Make this mixed drink in under 5 minutes!

Minibar Delivery’s gin recommendations: 

  1. Tanqueray London Dry Gin: The expertly crafted recipe blends the four distinct botanicals of juniper, coriander, angelica and licorice into a perfectly balanced spirit that has a unique herbal quality and dry finish.
  2. Beefeater London Dry GinWith big juniper character and strong citrus notes, this is a real London Dry for those that enjoy the real taste of gin.
  3. St. George Terroir Gin: Forest-driven and earthy, Terroir is a profoundly aromatic gin with a real sense of place
  4. Hendrick’s Gin: Meet the delightfully curious Hendrick’s Gin. Life is simply too glorious not to experience its peculiar flavor, infused with rose and cucumber in our remote Scottish distillery.
  5. Sipsmith London Dry Gin: Bold, complex and aromatic – smooth enough for a Martini, but rich and balanced, perfect for a G&T.

Want a gin & tonic more suitable for fall? Try minibar delivery’s Apple Gin and Tonic!

How do I order cocktail ingredients online? 

Ordering alcohol online is both convenient and easy with Minibar Delivery. Simply download our app or visit us online, enter your delivery address, browse our amazing selection of products, pay, and enjoy your full stocked bar in as little as 30-60 minutes. Reduce the hassle of trekking to your local liquor store today!

Check out a guide to another classic cocktail: the whiskey sour, next!