Timeless and easy, Gin & Tonics are a light and refreshing drink for all occasions, from unwinding after work, happy hour with friends to dinner with the family. Gin & Tonics were first created as a more palatable medical cure by the British officers in India in the early 19th century for its proven ability to ward off and prevent malaria with its medicinal properties.
We talked to Axel Gonźalez, one of the ‘Top 4 Bartenders in Hong Kong’ named by The Bar Awards, who created the drink list at New Punjab Club celebrating all things Gin & Tonic. At New Punjab Club, a wide selection of gin is showcased on a vintage wooden trolley, and Gin & Tonics are served tableside, giving the guests a show.
All you need to make a good ol’ glass of Gin & Tonic is gin, tonic water, quality ice and a slice of lemon. However, if you want to up your G&T game, you have to understand and study the gin you use because each gin pairs well with different tonic waters and garnishes. Examples are Hendrick’s Gin with cucumber, Monkey 47 Gin with grapefruit and G’Vine Floraison Gin with grape. Axel’s favourite gin is Filliers Dry Gin 28 from Belgium because it’s dry with a distinct orange flavour.
Bored with your regular G&T? Shake it up with this recipe by Axel.
100ml tonic water
One cube of ice
A slice of dried orange
- Twist an orange rind over the glass to fragrance it with the oil.
- Add the gin and tonic water to the glass, then stir well.
- Garnish with a slice of dried orange, and serve immediately.