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Just the tonic: what to mix with your gin this Christmas

Just the tonic: what to mix with your gin this Christmas

by Great British Chefs 29 November 2018

An ice-cold G&T is usually associated with the summer sun, but choosing the right combination of spirit and mixer can turn the classic into a very festive tipple. Learn more about Fever-Tree’s Limited Edition Refreshingly Light Clementine Tonic Water with Cinnamon and what sorts of gin to pair it with.

There are some things that simply taste of Christmas. Turkey, sprouts, mince pies, brandy butter; even if we were to eat those things in the height of summer, some of us would start mindlessly whistling carols or feel a slight chill in the air in doing so. The same goes for what we drink – just think of that old relative who only touches sherry on Christmas Day, or how the family will get in a bottle of Irish cream liqueur for when guests arrive.

With the UK now playing host to hundreds of different gin distilleries, all offering their own take on the classic spirit, we now treat the tipple with the respect it deserves. The vast majority of us mix gin with tonic water, and we’ve now realised that there are huge differences in quality and flavour from bottle to bottle. There’s nothing more disappointing than shelling out for a top-end gin to see it topped up with an artificially flavoured mixer. That’s why brands such as Fever-Tree have become the connoisseur’s tonic of choice, using real quinine and other flavourings sourced from all over the world to create stunning mixers for gin.

While we might see gin and tonic as a drink for the summertime, it’s becoming just as popular in the colder months too. Sloe gin has always been a seasonal treat (especially when made at home) but now there’s a tonic full of festive cheer to go with it – Fever-Tree’s Limited Edition Refreshingly Light Clementine Tonic Water with Cinnamon.

Made with cold-pressed South African clementine oil, the very best cinnamon from Sri Lanka and real quinine, this limited edition tonic water is fantastic for Christmas. The sweetness of the citrus mixed with the warm spice of the cinnamon work in perfect harmony with the bitter quinine flavour without any cloying aftertaste (something you often get when artificial sweeteners are involved). It works incredibly well with sloe gins, which have a strong berry sweetness to them, but they’re also a perfect partner for gins which have sweet or spicy botanicals in their list of ingredients.

A good G&T will always go down a storm, but if you’re looking for something more complex to serve during the festive season take a look at our ebook, which features all sorts of incredible cocktails (including some which make the most of Fever-Tree’s Limited Edition Refreshingly Light Clementine Tonic Water with Cinnamon) plus some fantastic dinner party recipe ideas to go with them.

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