London is a diverse international city – an urban hub that attracts people from all over the world. In fact, it’s such a diverse city that the British National Dish is not Fish & Chips as some might assume, but instead Chicken Masala. Fortunately for imbibers, cocktails in London do not suffer this same confusing fate. There is nothingmore English than gin, and one of the best gin cocktails is the Gin and Tonic. A simple mix of gin, tonic, and lime, the G&T is a perfect cocktail for any quintessential English occasion – garden parties, cricket matches, happy hour at the pub, or whilst attending the Royal Ascot.
As with any simple cocktail, the devil lies in the details. Meaning, always use a quality London Dry gin such as Tanqueray or Beefeater. Equally as important is your tonic – use good tonic such as Fever Tree or East Imperial Tonic, both high quality mixers that will make the final cocktail significantly better. This variation of the classic G&T uses gin spiked with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters, affectionately known as Pink Gin, an old navy trick that sailors used to ease seasickness. Garnished with a few whole juniper berries, this lovely cocktail is a showstopper for globe trotters no matter the occasion.
Pink Gin & Tonic
Adapted by Emily Arden Wells of Gastronomista
2 oz Beefeater London Dry Gin
4 oz East Imperial Tonic
3-4 dashes Angostura Bitters
¼ Fresh Lime sliced in half
Garnish: ⅛ lime slice and whole juniper berries.
In a highball glass build gin, bitters, and tonic with a squeeze of ⅛ of a lime. Stir and garnish with a lime slice and a top with whole juniper berries.
Pro Tip: Freeze a few whole juniper berries into ice cubes to make this cocktail extra juniper-y!