How to Make a Gin & Tonic

How to Cocktail: Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic is perhaps the quintessential summer cocktail. Choosing a good gin like Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater, or your own personal favorite is the key to making the best gin and tonic you can. Learn how to make this surprisingly simple classic with mixologist Jamie Gordon; plus, get his colorful, garden-fresh twist.

Gin & Tonic


  • 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Garnish: Lemon and lime wedge
  • Glass: Highball

Add the gin to a highball glass and fill with fresh ice. Top with tonic water. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the drink, drop into the glass and stir.

Garden Gin & Tonic


  • 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin
  • .5 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • Tonic water
  • Garnish: Strawberries, grapefruit and lemon wheels, cucumber slices and a lavender sprig
  • Glass: Goblet or large wine glass

Add all ingredients except the tonic to a goblet or wine glass and fill with fresh ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with grapefruit and lemon wheels, cucumber slices, strawberries and a lavender sprig.



  • Bill24 posted 4 months ago

    Interesting comment about not using diet tonic. I always use it but will try regular.

  • alanhmb.a5dfff posted 5 months ago

    I'm a self professed gin and tonic expert. Sorry, but the real secret to a great G&T is to use the opposite of "smooth" gin. Smooth gin is for martinis. Harsh (or any cheap) gin like Gordons, etc.provides that bitter balance to the sour lime and is what really makes a a great G&T. Ice. then gin. then healthy lime wedge squirt. then tonic water. (half gin and half tonic. Do not use diet tonic! Stir gently. Ideally use a very tall thin(ish) glass. and throw a clean mint leave on the top.

  • Delnpdx posted 5 months ago

    Love the laugh at the end of the video!

  • velofelo posted 6 months ago

    Fever Tree Indian Tonic is pretty key here.

  • posted 2 years ago

    Is Beefeater Gin as smooth as Bombay Saphhire.
    The best part of this video is there can be more to it than just tonic water !!

  • paulksi posted 2 years ago

    I actually prefer a chilled heavy tumbler rather than a highball for a G&T - the heavy glass keeps the drink cold whilst the wide neck allows the aromas of the gin to be picked up.

  • Tariq posted 2 years ago

    nice tips

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