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Gin & Tonic

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Gin & Tonic. If you can say it, you can make it. Right? Not exactly. The two-ingredient cocktail, which got its start in the 19th century as an antimalarial for British soldiers, requires your undivided attention. From glassware to garnish to spirit proof—45% ABV and above, if you mean business—everything should be carefully considered when mixing a G&T. But perhaps the most important variable is the ratio. A Gin & Tonic made with two-parts tonic to one-part gin is a highball of balance and beauty. Easy. Right?


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 4 oz Tonic water
  • Garnish: Lime wheels


  1. Add the gin to a highball glass over ice.

  2. Top with the tonic water and gently stir.

  3. Garnish with 2 lime wheels.