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Creating the perfect Gin & Tonic


One of the simplest and most timeless drinks, creating the perfect Gin and Tonic relies on a magical combination of five elements.

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1. glassware

Choose the right glass

With any drink, it is a matter of personal taste, but when it comes to choosing the glass for your Gin and Tonic, it is between a traditional highball or increasingly popular balloon glass.

We opt for the 'Copa de Balon'; with roots in the bars, restaurants and kitchens of Spain, it's unique shape is designed to enhance the aroma of your drink and the wide bowl shape allows you to add plenty of ice and garnish; just how we like it.

2. serve ice cold

Plenty of ice

More ice means slower melting, which means less dilution. If you want to enjoy a chilled Gin and Tonic without the added water, make sure you fill your glass with plenty of ice before adding the liquid.

3. The gin

Pour 50ml of The Lakes Gin

Steeping our unique blend of botanicals like loose-leaf tea in our traditional copper pot still, The Lakes Gin is a classic English gin with vibrant notes of juniper, cracked black pepper and orange peel.

Gently distilled with the luxury of time for exceptional smoothness, the holy trinity of juniper, coriander and angelica provide the flavour cornerstones. 

Orris root, cassia bark and liquorice offer complementary flavours, with sweet and sour orange and lemon peel enhancing the citrus notes, making it perfect for a Gin and Tonic.

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4. the tonic

Top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water

Inadvertently invented by British troops using quinine to both cure and prevent malaria, to make the powder more palatable, officers regularly added sugar and soda to create a 'tonic' water.

Produced from the bark of the chichona or 'Fever' tree, it is the quinine which gives tonic water its gentle bitterness, but when making up three-quarters of your drink it is important to find the right mixer.

The floral nature of Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic best complements our London Dry style gin. The blend of essential oils from flowers, fruits and herbs make it a wonderfully delicate, floral tonic.

5. the garnish

Garnish with pink grapefruit

Adding an aesthetic aspect to your drink, the choice of garnish also enhances flavour through the aromatic nature of the fruit or herb.

Taste, balance and quality all come in to play and to complete the perfect Lakes Gin and Tonic, add a large slice of zesty pink grapefruit to complement the balanced flavour profile of our juniper-forward gin.