There are different types of gins, below we explain how they differ. The most traditional type of gin is London Dry. It is the most common category where we find dry gins, as its name suggests. They are generally considered the safest to mix with many other types of beverages.

The Guenevere type includes gins that have a slight malt flavor that makes them more similar to whiskey than other types of gin. These gins tend to have higher alcohol content.

Modern gins are those that depart from traditional distillation processes, usually by adding unique or atypical ingredients. Selecting a modern gin presents a bit more risk due to its unique taste, so before buying a bottle, it is best to try it.

Sloe gins are generally made by infusing blackthorn (or sloe) berries with a gin base. This type of gin tends to have a reddish hue, as well as a slightly lower alcohol content than a traditional gin.

While all gins make their own flavors of the ingredients added during the distillation process, flavored gins have a very distinct flavor (such as orange or raspberry) that dominates over the other flavors. Flavored gins are ideal for people who prefer a specific, strong flavor to the more complex flavor combination found in traditional gins.

Ingredients or botanicals, as gin fans like to call them, provide the most unique element to the composition and flavor of a gin. For most gins, after the distillation process is complete, the neutral spirit is re-distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals. These botanical ingredients give the gin its flavor. Above all, we encourage you to try gins that include unique combinations of ingredients that you think you might like. Once you find a couple of your favorite gins, look at the labels on the bottles so you can compare them and find out which botanicals are repeating and to what extent.

Alcohol strength refers to the amount of alcohol in a particular bottle of gin. Most gins have 40º. If you like a slightly stronger gin, consider a higher alcohol content. If you don’t like the strong flavor of gin, you should go for a lower alcoholic strength.

Typical mistakes in the preparation of a Gin Tonic

If you want to prepare a perfect Gin Tonic, you must avoid these very common mistakes:

  • Never prepare your Gin Tonic in a highball glass. In a highball glass, there is less drink, it heats up sooner by contact with the hand and does not allow you to enjoy the aromas as you could in a balloon glass. (read more: what kind of glass for gin and tonic).
  • Don’t use homemade ice. Homemade ice, in addition to containing aromas from your own freezer, can also contain minerals that are in tap water. Homemade ice melts faster than industrial ice. Also, for ice to cool the drink without watering it down, it must be hard and fat.
  • Chill the glass beforehand. Before adding the liquid to your glass, chill it with ice. Remove the resulting water before adding the drink to your glass.
  • Don’t go overboard with the gin. The proportions are 1 part gin to 4 parts tonic. If you do not know how to measure the proportions, we inform you that a shot glass has a capacity of 4-5 cl. and a bottle of tonic contains 20 cl. So add 1-1 1/2 shot glass of gin for 1 bottle of tonic.
  • Add the tonic carefully. Add the tonic with the help of the braided spoon and little by little so that it preserves all its bubbles.
  • Do not add citrus juices. In order not to lose the bubbles of the tonic, never add the juice or the pulp of the citrus fruits, since these disappear when the citric acid unites with the carbonic anhydride. Use only the rind or skin.
  • Don’t go overboard with botanicals. If you go over botanical elements, in addition to making it difficult to drink, you will eliminate aromatic and flavor nuances from the gin and tonic. In short, you will divert the drink.
  • Don’t stir your Gin Tonic constantly. Stir your drink very gently so as not to remove the bubbles from the tonic.
  • Don’t go overboard with the ice. You must put enough to cool the glass, but without going overboard so as not to make it difficult to drink. Depending on the size of the glass, about 5-7 industrial ice cubes is correct.

After knowing what not to do, we explain how to prepare a perfect Gin Tonic.

How to prepare a perfect Gin Tonic

To prepare a perfect Gin Tonic you will need a balloon glass or, failing that, a wide-mouthed glass or glass. The balloon glasses are ideal because they have a capacity of 60-70 cl. to be able to store the necessary ice, gin and tonic. The wide mouth of this glass allows us to perfectly capture the aromas and flavors of this drink. In addition, a glass allows us to hold it by the stem or stem, which prevents us from heating the Gin Tonic with our hands, for that reason, this drink should never be served in a highball glass.

Ingredients

  • 5-7 industrial ice cubes.
  • 4-5 cl. of gin.
  • 20 cl. tonic.
  • Botanicals.

Proportions

1 part of gin for 4 parts of tonic. If you do not know how to measure the proportions, we inform you that a shot glass has a capacity of 4-5 cl. and a bottle of tonic contains 20 cl. So add 1-1 1/2 shot glass of gin for 1 bottle of tonic.

Preparation

The Gin Tonic ice has to be big, fat and hard, since it has to cool the glass but not water down our drink. Industrial ice is the best for this, since it is manufactured at a very low temperature and with osmotic water. Never use homemade ice as it most likely contains minerals and odors from other products that you keep in your freezer.

Pour the cubes into your balloon glass, remember that the ice should never come out of the glass. Chill the glass by moving the ice in circles with the help of the braided spoon. Remove the excess water.

It is time to cast your chosen botanicals.

Add the lemon or citrus rind of your choice. In order not to lose the bubbles of the tonic, never add the juice or the pulp, since they disappear when the citric acid unites with the carbonic anhydride.

Now add the gin. To achieve the perfect balance, remember the correct proportions. Stir with the braided spoon.

Add the very cold tonic to bring out the flavor of the gin and botanicals. Hold the braided spoon (with the tip of the spoon touching the bottom of the glass) at a 45 degree angle of the glass. Add the tonic little by little through the spoon so that it conserves all its bubbles. Stir very gently.

Cocktail accessories and utensils to prepare a Gin Tonic
Below we name and explain the accessories and utensils that you may need in the preparation of a Gin Tonic.

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