How to make the perfect gin and tonic

The perfect gin and tonic

Whether you've been drinking gin for years, or you're a recent convert to the on-trend spirit, there are plenty of ways to mix up a G&T. From the perfect tonic to match your favourite tipple and delicious garnishes to top it all off, Mumsnetters have done the research so you can sit back and sip. Cheers!

So many gins, so little time

Different gin bottles

“Have decided to spend this year building up a gin library, adding a bottle of something new (usually on offer) every month or thereabouts. Whitley Neil EYV2 gins have been good finds.”

“I've just finished a gorgeous bottle of Sacred and am planning to treat myself to Hendrick's next. It's the one thing I can still drink without getting a hangover.”

“Last week I bought a bottle of Few Barrel and it has ruined me for all other gins. It is a beverage of wonder.”

“I love Heston's Earl Grey Gin from Waitrose.”

“Apparently there is a gin distillery near me in Walthamstow called Mother's Ruin. They run a bar in the distillery and my friend has promised to take me for my birthday. Can't wait.”

And then there's the tonic

Tonic can being opened

Some drinkers are extremely particular about both the brand and delivery system of their tonic.

“I like to keep little cans of tonic so that it remains fresh: flat tonic is a travesty. I love it with lots of ice and a slice of lime.”

“I really rate Fever-Tree tonic. I find it very hard to get Fentimans here (not in UK), I will have Schweppes at a push but never, ever Slimline – horrible aftertaste.”

Don't forget the garnish – traditional or progressive?

Cucumber G&T

“Cucumber definitely works – slice, put in freezer, then you don't have to have too much ice watering down the gin.”

“I tried a slice of cucumber in my Tanqueray and Fevertree last night. I can't say it did much for the drink; I prefer lemon, but it was lovely eating the cucumber afterwards!”

“Try putting a slice of pink grapefruit in – sublime.”

It's gin o'clock SOMEWHERE

Pouring a G&T

“My late mum only ever drank G&T from April to September, and I'm keeping the tradition going. To me it's a seasonal drink.”

“I drink gin all year round. It's always gin season in my house.”

If you can't drink gin, never fear – you still have options

Woman eating chocolate

There are plenty of ways to get your G&T fix if you're pregnant or teetotal or just feel it's a little early in the day to hit the hard stuff.

“I saw gin and tonic flavoured chocolate the other day and thought it was a great idea for gin lovers who can't drink, as it's non-alcoholic.”

“Gin and tonic shower gel. You can never have too much gin in your life!”

“G&T candles are another option.”

“Gin and tonic popcorn is fab.”

Check out our gin and tonic cake recipe, as well as some delicious non-alcoholic drinks.

And if you haven't yet seen the G&T light, fear not – it's never too late

Woman sipping gin

“I tried a gin and tonic last week for the first time ever – Hendrick's with Fentimans tonic, ice and a slice of cucumber. I'm now totally hooked.”

But remember: moderation in all things (including moderation)


“I haven't had gin since 1984 when I had one by mistake – and woke up in a stranger's bed next morning. I jumped up, stumbled back across the room, hit the wall and fell over. Luckily the stranger thought this rather amusing – we went on to get married.”