Gin is an incredible spirit with a rich history and strong roots in Australia. It was once used as a medicinal remedy for many ailments but has since evolved into one of the most popular liquors on earth.
The best cocktails start with the best ingredients. And when you’re talking about gin, that means choosing a quality one — there are plenty of decent options, but the difference between them can be huge. This article will walk you through each step of making a perfect gin and tonic at home, whether on the rocks or neat (or both). It also includes tips for what to do after you’ve got your favourite spirit in hand so that your cocktail ends up being as good as it could ever be.
Pick your base.
Once you’ve chosen your personalised gin and the style of cocktail you’d like to make, it’s time to pick your ingredients. Four key elements will determine how your gin cocktails turn out:
- Dry vermouth
- Maraschino liqueur
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Simple syrup (optional)
Pick your citrus.
The next step is to pick your citrus. The most common bases are all citrus fruits. Lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange and blood orange all work well here. Also, consider tangerines or pomelos if you’re looking for a slightly different flavour profile.
But there’s no reason to stop at just one type of base! You can also throw in some pomegranate juice or combine multiple berries, like blackberries and raspberries, into your personalised gin.
Pick your sweetener.
Once you’ve chosen your gin, it’s time to pick a sweetener. You can use simple syrup or any of these other delicious options:
- Cinnamon syrup
- Lime juice
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
- Ginger syrup
Pick an exciting or seasonal addition.
So, you’ve decided to start making cocktails at home. What should you do?
First, pick a quality spirit and make sure it’s fresh. Next, consider using seasonal ingredients in your recipe. Finally, think about the classic gin and tonic (or G&T) and how you can twist it up by adding something exciting or unique.
Mind the glassware.
When making a cocktail, you have to consider the glassware. A martini is traditionally served in a glass. The glass’s shape determines whether you should drink your gin cocktail neat (chilled) or on the rocks (chilled and with ice cubes).
You must clean the glass properly so that no residue from cleaning agents remains on any surface of the glassware after washing it off with warm water and soap (or soap substitute). After this process has been completed, place them upside down on a drying rack until they are scorched before storing them away safely so as not to get damaged while being stored away until the next time they’re needed again!
The best gin cocktails are made with quality ingredients and paired with the proper glassware.
The best gin cocktails are made with quality ingredients and paired with the proper glassware!
To make a good gin cocktail, use quality gin. Buy the best you can afford—you want to be sure it’s smooth and flavorful. If you don’t know what brands are available in your area, ask someone at your local liquor store for suggestions.