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The surprising step you're missing when making the perfect G&T

By Victoria Chandler
Aug 10, 2019
Gin and tonic with ice, lime and blueberries
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From the glassware to the measurements and the accompanying slice of lemon/lime/cucumber (delete as appropriate), you might think you're pretty good at making the perfect gin and tonic.

But, according to gin expert and Gordon's ambassador, David T Smith, there's one crucial step you might be missing towards the end of the G&T-making process.

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He revealed toGood Housekeeping UKthat, for the perfect serve, you should let the ice in your drink melt slightly.

According to Smith, we should be more patient before drinking a G&T, allowing a minute or two for the ice to melt to enhance the flavours.

"The final chill-factor comes from the use of ice which absorbs the heat of the drink, and this, in turn, is what turns the ice into water," he toldGood Housekeeping. "When the ice begins to melt; this not only makes the drink cooler but helps to marry all the flavours together."

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A big misconception about G&T making is that the more ice there is, the worse it will taste, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, having just two cubes of ice is more likely to make your drink watered down and not very pleasant, compared to ample ice in the glass.

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According to James Chase, CEO and founder of Chase Distillery, it’s “crucial” that we get our glass as cold as possible.

“Add as much ice as you possibly can,” he toldGood Housekeeping. “I always say the more ice you use, the less dilution you get – meaning you’ll be able to taste the quality of the gin.”

But as Smith points out, it doesn't hurt to leave it for just a minute or give it a calm swirl to help marry those flavours together.

So, as difficult as it might be, patience is key.






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