One of the questions I get most often is “what is better gin and tonic proportions”? It depends on which gin and tonic you use, but here are some general guidelines.
Depending on who asks, it happens that I answer How far is a rope? It is just as easy to answer. It depends on the rope, right? This is also the case with the amount of tonic in relation to gin. A good rule of thumb is that, with a few exceptions, there should never be more than 3 times as much tonic as gin.
I would argue that too much tonic, and too little ice, is the main reason why many people do not like Gin and Tonic.
If you have too much tonic in a Gin and Tonic, it will cause the gin taste to disappear. The only thing you are left with is a drink that consists of tonic with a hint of alcohol taste. There is nothing wrong with this, but then I would recommend you use a cheap, neutral vodka instead of gin.
The Better Gin and Tonic Proportions
Here are some general tips for the different tonic water brands.
Personally, I like the taste of gin. This means that I rarely take more than twice as much tonic as gin in my Gin and Tonic. Fever Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water, Mediterranean Tonic Water, and Naturally Light Tonic Water are so neutral that the 1: 2 ratio between gin and tonic is completely safe.
It’s easy to make a Gin and Tonic. You just have to be very careful with the tonic.
Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water can mostly also be used in a ratio of 1: 2, unless you have a very neutral gin. Fever Tree Sicilian Lemon Tonic is so powerful that you should use the maximum ratio 1: 1, almost no matter which gin you use. My favorite is to use equal parts Martin Miller’s Gin and Fever Tree Sicilian Lemon Tonic, along with 10-12 leaves of basil. This gives a completely unique G&T.
The Headless Horseman Tonic
The Headless Horseman tonic is a series of Norwegian tonics that was launched in the spring of 2020. They taste good, but have a lot of flavor. To the targeted gins, they are amazing, but they will totally dominate many gins. Start with the mixing ratio 1: 1.
Double Dutch Tonic
Double Dutch’s tonics are mild in taste, and go well with most gins. They add little or no sweetness, because of this it can often seem as if the quinine comes out more. Here you can safely start with the ratio 1: 2. The one on the right in the picture, with ginger, is the one that tastes the most. Ginger goes very well with flavorful gin.
Tundra Tonic is a series of three different tonics. Tundra Original is located somewhere between Schweppe’s Indian Tonic or Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic in taste. All three are mild tonics where you can start with a mixing ratio of 1: 2.
Schweppes Indian Tonic, the one you get for everywhere, is relatively neutral. What you should be aware of is that it adds citrus and sweetness, which does not suit all gin at all. Schweppes Premium contain more carbon dioxide than Schweppes in plastic bottles. Schweppe’s Premium Mixer Tonic & Pink Pepper is very good for many gins, starting with the ratio 1: 2 The variant with hibiscus, on the right in the picture, is so powerful that you should start with the ratio 1: 1.
Remember that all this eventually boils down to what you like. There is no definitive answer, and that is probably one of the reasons why you never get tired of Gin and Tonic. You can experiment and constantly find a new twist you like.