Gin and tonic are a well-loved classic that most people order at clubs and bars. However, trying out varieties every once in a while would not hurt. Here are a few alternatives and twists to try out for your next party.
Grapefruit And Pink Peppercorn
For this drink, you have to prepare 30ml of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 30 ml of simple syrup, 40ml of gin, tonic, and a handful of peppercorns. To make the simple syrup, all you have to do is to put equal parts sugar and water in a pan. Stir continuously for five minutes or until the sugar has dissolved, and your syrup is viscous enough. Put ice in your glass and mix all the ingredients. You can also put a slice of grapefruit on the side of the side for garnishing.
Cucumber, Lime, Elderflower, And Basil
Before starting, prepare 50ml of gin, 125ml tonic water, 15ml elderflower liqueur, three pieces of fresh basil leaves, half a lime, and half a cucumber. In a highball glass, place a few pieces of already prepared thin ribbons of cucumber. Slowly add a handful of ice to the glass. In a shaker, mix the gin, elderflower liqueur, cucumber chunks, and basil leaves. Shake the drink well then add some more ice. Strain the cocktail before putting it in your glass. Top the drink with tonic and put a few basil leaves on top.
All you have to prepare for this recipe are two pineapple wheels, 50ml of gin, 70ml of pineapple juice, one lime, and tonic water. Grill the pineapple wheel for about 5 minutes on each side. Once they are lightly browned, caramelized, and smoky, you can remove them from the heat. Put aside one pineapple wheel and cut the other into wedges, and put it in your shaker. Add ice, gin, and pineapple gin to your cocktail shaker and mix it well. Carefully strain it into a glass filled with ice and top it with tonic water. Use the other pineapple wheel as garnish.
While these recipes will surely put a twist on your usual gin and tonic, they are only as good as the quality of the ingredients that you bought. Make sure that you are getting the freshest fruits along with the right gin label and tonic water.