Spice up your classic G&T with these tasty twists

When combined with premium tonic water, the floral, refreshing aroma of a good quality gin becomes the ultimate salutation to summer. But what if we told you we had found a number of creative ways to take the classic gin and tonic to bold new heights? Try your hand (and tastebuds) at these alternatives.

Zesty notes
To make a sensational summer swig, simply take a glass filled with ice, add 45mL of gin and top with your favourite tonic water. Add a pinch of chopped chilli, some coriander leaves and finish with a squeeze of lime juice.

Fun & fruity
Enhance the notes of juniper in your favourite gin by putting berries in your ice tray before using the cubes to create a sweet and sour G&T. As the fruit pops slowly melt the nectar will shine through the beverage.

Festive spice
Lending a festive spin, cinnamon quills are a delicious way to accentuate gin’s botanical aroma. The flavour lingers on the palate while adding some festive spice into your life.

Looking for a new gin to try? Here are our top picks for the warmer months ahead.

Left to right: Grey Lynn Gin, Hastings Distillers Albertine Gin , Monkey 47 Gin, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin.

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