Gin and Tonic Recipe

Gin and Tonic

The Gin and Tonic is a classic mixed drink that was originally invented by the British, but has since spread to become a popular mainstay in bars all over the world. The Gin and Tonic cocktail is extraordinarily simple to make, almost impossible to screw up, and perfect for drinking on hot days. We recommend using a juniper-forward London Dry gin, but it can also be fun to experiment with more citrusy modern gins.

Try to avoid mass-market tonic water (like Schweppes and Canada Dry) if you can, as it’s typically loaded with sugar and all kinds of flavorings that distract from the other ingredients in the Gin and Tonic. Better choices like Fentiman’s, Fever Tree, and Q Tonic are plenty available in grocery and liquor stores all over the country these days. And, of course, be sure to use a generous squeeze of fresh lime, as that really brings the whole drink together.


2 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
Lime wedge or wheel for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Gin and Tonic

  1. Add the gin and tonic water to a Highball glass or Old-Fashioned glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and serve.
Gin and Tonic

More about Gin and Tonic

The Gin and Tonic was originally conceived by the British East India Company as a way of getting its soldiers and merchants to consume quinine, the main ingredient in tonic water that is used to prevent and treat malaria. Gin, obviously, made that a little more appealing for the sailors of the day.

The British Navy was always concerned about scurvy as well, so they needed a way to make sure their sailors consumed enough citrus. Their lime rations gave rise to a number of rum- and gin-based cocktails, eventually making their way into the Gin and Tonic. So, really, this started out as preventative medicine—kale smoothies be damned.