The Gin And Tonic

The Gin And Tonic

The odd thing about the gin and tonic is that unlike other cocktails that need to dilute the spirit, the G&T was made to dilute the mixer. In the early 1800’s malaria was a persistent problem in Asia with quinine used for its prevention. Consequently, the army of the British East India Company in India was required to take a regular dose of quinine. However, the bitter taste of it was so unpleasant that British officers took to mixing it with water, sugar and lime augmented with their gin ration to make it more palatable.

The Gin And Tonic Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts your choice of tonic
  • Garnish with lemon peel or thin slices

Instructions

  • If you want to get more from your G&T, start measuring the tonic. The ratio of gin to tonic should be between 1:1 to 1:3. For a new gin where you want to appreciate the subtleties of the taste we would suggest 1:2 (you can always put in more tonic afterwards).
  • Traditionally gin and tonic was served in a high ball glass with a lemon wheel but the contemporary way is to use a Spanish style Copa glass or large red wine glass. This has the affect of keeping the drink colder, which means the ice takes longer to melt. Using a strip of the peel of the lemon ads flavour as the oils just below the peel are sweeter than the juice itself.
  • So fill a Copa with a good measure of ice, add a strip of lemon peel, pour over the gin, the tonic and stir gently to mix.

Notes

You don’t have to use a “flavoured” gin to change the flavour. Why not stay with Urban Rhino Premium London Dry Gin and change the tonic and garnishes. Just some of the flavours of todays tonics include Mediterranean, Hibiscus, Pink Peppercorn, Grapefruit, Cherry Blossom, Cranberry and even Yuzo.

Here are a few alternatives to the traditional G&T:

Strawberry & Black Pepper
1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Indian Tonic
2 sliced strawberries
Brief turn of black pepper mill

Orange & Anise
1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
3 parts Schweppes Indian Tonic
1 star anise
Orange peel

Botanical
1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
2 juniper berries
3 leaves of lemon balm
Sprig of rosemary

Pink G&T
1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
3 parts Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic
Twist of orange peel

Orange & Pepper
1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
2 parts Fever Tree Indian Tonic
2 whole black pepper corns
3 whole rose petals
2 strips of orange peel
Brief turn of pepper mill
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The Gin And Tonic

The Gin And Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts your choice of tonic
  • Garnish with lemon peel or thin slices

Instructions

  • If you want to get more from your G&T, start measuring the tonic. The ratio of gin to tonic should be between 1:1 to 1:3. For a new gin where you want to appreciate the subtleties of the taste we would suggest 1:2 (you can always put in more tonic afterwards).
  • Traditionally gin and tonic was served in a high ball glass with a lemon wheel but the contemporary way is to use a Spanish style Copa glass or large red wine glass. This has the affect of keeping the drink colder, which means the ice takes longer to melt. Using a strip of the peel of the lemon ads flavour as the oils just below the peel are sweeter than the juice itself.
  • So fill a Copa with a good measure of ice, add a strip of lemon peel, pour over the gin, the tonic and stir gently to mix.

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French 75

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of simple syrup (1 up to 2:1 granulated sugar melted in heated water and cooled)
  • 60 ml Champagne (or Prosecco)

Instructions

  • Combine Gin syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute.
  • Top with Champagne and stir gently.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Negroni

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
  • 30 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 30 ml Campari

Instructions

  • Stir all ingredients into glass over ice.
  • Garnish with an orange peel twist or slice.

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Ruby Rhino

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Urban Rhino
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 20 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 20 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 2 Muddled Raspberries (Gently mash at the bottom of the glass! That’s muddling!)

Instructions

  • Take a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and add the following ingredients: 50 ml Urban Rhino, 20 ml Lime Juice, 20 ml Grapefruit Juice, 20 ml Sugar Syrup.
  • Take two raspberries and place them in the bottom of a glass. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently mash the raspberries. This process is called muddling, and it helps release the flavors and juices from the raspberries.
  • Once the raspberries are muddled, add ice to the glass. You can fill the glass with ice cubes or use crushed ice, depending on your preference.
  • Now, take the cocktail shaker or mixing glass with the other ingredients and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will thoroughly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail.
  • Strain the contents of the shaker or mixing glass into the glass with the muddled raspberries and ice. Use a cocktail strainer or a fine-mesh sieve to remove any ice shards or fruit pulp.
  • Optionally, you can garnish the cocktail with a fresh raspberry or a slice of lime or grapefruit. This will add a nice visual touch to your drink.
  • Serve and enjoy your Ruby Rhino cocktail with the vibrant flavours of lime, grapefruit, and muddled raspberries.

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  • The Gin And Tonic

    The Gin And Tonic

    Ingredients

    • 1 part Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
    • 3 parts your choice of tonic
    • Garnish with lemon peel or thin slices

    Instructions

    • If you want to get more from your G&T, start measuring the tonic. The ratio of gin to tonic should be between 1:1 to 1:3. For a new gin where you want to appreciate the subtleties of the taste we would suggest 1:2 (you can always put in more tonic afterwards).
    • Traditionally gin and tonic was served in a high ball glass with a lemon wheel but the contemporary way is to use a Spanish style Copa glass or large red wine glass. This has the affect of keeping the drink colder, which means the ice takes longer to melt. Using a strip of the peel of the lemon ads flavour as the oils just below the peel are sweeter than the juice itself.
    • So fill a Copa with a good measure of ice, add a strip of lemon peel, pour over the gin, the tonic and stir gently to mix.

    Read more

  • French 75

    French 75

    Ingredients

    • 30 ml Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
    • 15 ml lemon juice
    • 2 dashes of simple syrup (1 up to 2:1 granulated sugar melted in heated water and cooled)
    • 60 ml Champagne (or Prosecco)

    Instructions

    • Combine Gin syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    • Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute.
    • Top with Champagne and stir gently.
    • Garnish with a lemon twist.

    Read more

  • Negroni

    Negroni

    Ingredients

    • 30 ml Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
    • 30 ml Sweet Vermouth
    • 30 ml Campari

    Instructions

    • Stir all ingredients into glass over ice.
    • Garnish with an orange peel twist or slice.

    Read more

  • Ruby Rhino

    Ruby Rhino

    Ingredients

    • 50 ml Urban Rhino
    • 20 ml Lime Juice
    • 20 ml Grapefruit Juice
    • 20 ml Sugar Syrup
    • 2 Muddled Raspberries (Gently mash at the bottom of the glass! That’s muddling!)

    Instructions

    • Take a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and add the following ingredients: 50 ml Urban Rhino, 20 ml Lime Juice, 20 ml Grapefruit Juice, 20 ml Sugar Syrup.
    • Take two raspberries and place them in the bottom of a glass. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently mash the raspberries. This process is called muddling, and it helps release the flavors and juices from the raspberries.
    • Once the raspberries are muddled, add ice to the glass. You can fill the glass with ice cubes or use crushed ice, depending on your preference.
    • Now, take the cocktail shaker or mixing glass with the other ingredients and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will thoroughly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail.
    • Strain the contents of the shaker or mixing glass into the glass with the muddled raspberries and ice. Use a cocktail strainer or a fine-mesh sieve to remove any ice shards or fruit pulp.
    • Optionally, you can garnish the cocktail with a fresh raspberry or a slice of lime or grapefruit. This will add a nice visual touch to your drink.
    • Serve and enjoy your Ruby Rhino cocktail with the vibrant flavours of lime, grapefruit, and muddled raspberries.

    Read more

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