For most people October 31st is the only day in October that matters, except for me. For me that special day in October has to be October 19thalso know International Gin and Tonic Day (19th October 2019). And to celebrate the lovely people at Silent Pool Gin have given me the perfect step-by-step guide to making the perfect gin and tonic, as well as their version of the perfect gin martini.
Step 1 – Choose your vessel wisely…
With the popularity of gin and tonic becoming ever more prevalent, the type of glass it’s served in has undergone some changes. Historically, if ordered in a bar it’s always been a traditional highball. However, in recent times it’s more likely to be served in a large goblet glass known as a Copa de Balon, which looks great and usually means your gin and tonic lasts longer. It’s wide bowl shape allows plenty of ice and various garnishes, whilst the curved shape helps to concentrate the delicate aromas of the gin, much in the same way a wine glass would, enhancing your experience when sipped.
Step 2 – the gin to tonic ratio…
This is one of the most important parts of making a gin and tonic, which most people often get wrong by trying to guess measure with the naked eye. The perfect serve of gin to tonic is what makes the perfect balance of taste and strength. It should always be one measure of gin, to two parts of tonic. It’s worth investing in a spirit measure to use at home, as it’s also an easy way to keep track of consumption.
Step 3 – Ice, ice baby…
The perfect gin and tonic should be served ice-cold, even for a winter tipple. This means making sure that you have ice in the freezer and tonic in the fridge. A tip could be to pop your serving glass in the freezer for 10 minutes before your serve. In summer months, pop your gin in the fridge as it won’t affect the liquid and will mean its extra cold (in winter months it’s fine to keep at room temperature). Once you’ve added your gin serve, add 5-7 large cubes of ice – bigger cubes will hold their temperature for longer without melting too fast. (Avoid smaller cubes or shavings as they melt quickly and dilute your drink).
Step 4 – The ultimate garnish…
This is very much down to your personal taste and the type of gin you favour, as well as the botanicals in your chosen gin. Some prefer rose based and more floral gins, whilst others opt for sweet or dry notes. Whatever your tipple of choice, it’s important to consider how this will impact your garnish, whether it’s a wedge of lime or a handful of junipers. Silent Pool Gin is made using 24 botanicals including camomile, lavender, kaffir and citrus and it is recommended to be served with a twist of orange zest. For an added extra, we’ve created a selection of Silent Pool Gin mists which are a liquid garnish, designed to enhance the flavour and botanicals in your gin.
Silent Pool Gin Signature Serve
The ultimate gin & tonic served with a twist of orange zest in a wide-brimmed Copa Glass or Tumbler.
- 50ml of Silent Pool Gin
- Twist of orange zest to garnish
- Start with a generous handful of ice, add the gin and then top up with a premium Indian tonic. Finally finish with a twist of orange zest.
Silent Pool Gin Martini
This is by far my favourite cocktail ever. Something I have to confess I drink on a daily basis. The delicate intricacy of Silent Pool Gin, is best enjoyed neat. However, the sweet and floral flavours in the gin come out beautifully in this classic cocktail.
- 60ml Silent Pool Gin
- 20ml Dry Vermouth
- In a mixing glass, add gin and dry vermouth. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until thoroughly chilled.
- Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
- Finish off the drink with a twist of lemon peel, an olive or a few sprays of Silent Pool Bergamot Orange Liquid Garnish.
So Happy International Gin & Tonic day.