How to make a beautiful gin and tonic – recipes reviewed

June 18, 2017 (Last Updated: March 3, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

gin and tonic

We have really covered quite a bit in the gin and tonic series. We have not, however, listed a recipe yet! It is about time to cover a gin and tonic recipe. I will review and compare the traditional gin and tonic recipe against the gin and tonic that were made in this series.

Gin in gin and tonic

Hendrick gin and tonic with limeI really did enjoy making this gin and likely will continue to do so, as I think it is really a neat thing to do. I will, however, continue to purchase gin and make that my primary ingredient. Last night, I threw back a couple of drinks. The first with Hendrick’s gin and the second with mine. The Hendrick’s version of a gin and tonic really made for a smoother, more refreshing drink. I will say that I felt that the homemade gin version had more flavor to it, but dubbing it as ‘rustic’ is appropriate. It has slightly harsher flavors.

The tonic

I really liked the homemade tonic we made. As indicated in the original post, it tasted much sweeter than store bought tonic, but I think I prefer that. Since I am a home brewer and happen to have an extra keg in our house, I think I will fill it with water and keep this tonic syrup around. Between the soda water and the tonic syrup, it will give me so many cocktail recipes at my disposal.

The final product

I think the gin and tonic with Hendricks gin with our homemade tonic was a perfect combination. The sweet… the bitter… that piney taste. It is like I am magically brought to a place where I am camping. And not the kind of camping with mosquitoes and lack of AC. The kind of camping where everything is perfect.

gin and tonic

How to make a beautiful gin and tonic – recipes reviewed

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


This is a simple and traditional Gin and Tonic. An easy recipe that should be a part of every gin aficionado’s recipe arsenal.



  • Ice
  • 3 oz Gin
  • 4 oz Tonic Water (or Tonic Syrup and Soda Water)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish


  1. Fill highball or medium size glass with ice
  2. Add gin
  3. Sqeeze lime juice into drink
  4. Add tonic water (or tonic syrup and soda water)
  5. Stir
  6. Garnish with lime wedge


Recipe for tonic syrup and homemade tonic water can be found here.

Keywords: Gin and Tonic

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