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Samantha Torrance
August 18, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

Gin & Tonic: Simple, Classic, Delicious!

The gin and tonic (G&T) is a classic cocktail that was invented in the 1700’s due to the preventative properties of the quinine in tonic water for malaria. These days however tonic water is sweeter and not used for medical treatment, but for enjoying on hot summer day. Now you may have tried gin and tonic before and not liked it, but there are so many different gins out there that there is a gin for everyone. Below are some of my favourites.

Now what makes gin special? Gin is made from the same base ingredients as vodka, but what makes it different is the botanicals in the gin. Most gins will have a clear juniper flavouring. There are no specifics of what makes a gin universally; however there are regional specifications for the different styles. For instance London Dry Gin has to be distilled at least twice to be named as such. Old Tom Gin is a slightly less dry gin than London Dry, but not as sweet as New American, it sits nicely in the middle. Old Tom has no specifics for making it, but the name comes from the 1800’s when gin was dispensed through tom cat plaque outside pubs. You would slip a coin in through a slot under the cat’s paw and the bartender poured a shot of gin through a tube in the cat’s mouth. New American or International Style Gin is a sweeter style of gin that is prominently infused with flavours other than juniper.

Prairie Organic Gin - $39.99/750ml
This gin is an herbal blend with hints of juniper. This gin most closely resembles the Old Tom gin style. Prairie Organic is also made with corn on a small family owned farm and is certified organic. This gin is delicate and refreshing with just a hint of sweetness. Just as the makers say “Made with respect”, and you can taste the respect in every bottle.

Try this twist on a Prairie G&T
•    2oz Prairie Organic Gin
•    1oz lemon juice
•    1oz lime juice
•    ½ oz. simple syrup
•    Splash of club soda
•    Handful of mint
Muddle mint. Shake Gin, juice, and syrup with ice. Pour into a glass and top with soda water.

Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 - $43.99/750ml
Dillon’s is made in the London Dry style. This gin is made with 22 botanicals and is unfiltered for the best full flavour possible. This makes the gin cloudy in appearance. Strong on the nose with juniper and a bit heavy on the tongue with peppery notes. As classic and delicious as Gin should be! Dillon’s is also made with wine grapes instead of the usual corn or grain. 

Try the Dillon’s Official G&T
•    1.5oz Dillon’s Unfiltered 22 Gin
•    Few dashes of Lemon Bitters
•    Tonic Water
•    Fresh Lemon or Lime wedge
Fill Glass with ice. Combine gin, bitters and tonic. Garnish with lemon/lime wedge.

Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin - $51.99/750ml
This is my favourite gin, infused with Juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage, and lavender this gin is sweet and smooth. Uncle Val’s is made in the New American style. The scent of cucumber envelopes your nose the moment you open the bottle. This gin is complex yet subtle in its flavours and lingers on the tongue. Complimented by tonic and they work together to make a delightful cocktail.

Have one of my favourite G&T’s today
•    1 ½ oz. Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
•    ½ Fresh Lime
•    ½ oz. simple syrup
•    Fresh mint
Muddle mint, lime and syrup in shaker. Add gin and ice and shake. Pour over ice and top with tonic.


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