The Best Way to Accompany Your Gin and Tonic
If you ask your father or your grandfather about gin, you’ll probably only hear about one brand and a single way to drink it. But in reality, there are countless possibilities that are currently very popular and allow for many ways to enjoy the great flavor of gin.
As mentioned in a previous post, gins are classified by type according to different botanical possibilities, which can be fruits, spices or herbs. But you can also use these elements to enhance the flavor of your gin tonic even more.
Here is a list of the main ingredients that can be used to accompany gin and bring out its flavor and aroma:
- Star Anise. Star Anise has good digestive properties and brings a touch of acidity and a mild aroma to your drink. It can be combined with gins like Citadelle, Master’s and Port of Dragons.
- Juniper berries. All gins contain juniper as a part of their preparation, so it’s an ideal ingredient to enhance the flavor of this drink because it can be combined with any botanical. Put a couple of crushed berries in your glass and enjoy the aroma.
- Cardamom. Cardamom is considered stimulant with digestive properties that brings both a sweet and spicy touch. If you add it to your gin and tonic, you’ll notice its hint of mint and lemon goes perfectly with London gins like No. 1 and Gin Mare.
- Citrus bark. This botanical is a classic when it comes to enhancing the aroma and flavor of any drink, but especially in the case of the gins. The choice of bark depends on personal taste: lemon is more acidic, orange is sweet, and grapefruit is more bitter. Vitamin C to the rescue!
- Strawberries. Exotic and diuretic, strawberries have become very fashionable to accompany some gins and give them a sweet touch.
- Black pepper. With just a couple of grains of this spice, you can bring out the flavor of gin, especially for those who already use this botanical in their making.
- Pink Pepper. If you want your drink to have a fruity flavor without being too sweet, this is your combination. Add it to Hendrik’s or Bulldog and you’ll have the perfect union of flavors.
These are just a few examples and possible combinations…All you have to do is try a few and find your favorite!