All you need are four simple ingredients to make the best gin and tonic recipe at home! It’s got that classic, fresh lime flavor, which is enhanced by the natural sweetness found in pomegranate juice. If you can get your hands on fresh pomegranates, the arils (seeds) add not only a beautiful garnish, but they soak up the flavor of the cocktail and add a delicious little crunch as you sip away.
G&T lovers will agree that this is a classic cocktail that never goes out of style!
What You’ll Need For This Gin And Tonic Recipe
It’s a familiar cast of characters in the ingredient line up: gin, fresh lime juice, and tonic water. You’ll need bottled pomegranate juice, which is not only healthy and delicious, but has the most beautiful color. If fresh pomegranates are in season (usually making their debut appearance in the States during late summer), fresh pomegranate arils make a beautiful garnish.
Let’s Make A Pomegranate Gin And Tonic
This gin and tonic recipe is pretty straight forward. Fill a lowball or highball glass halfway with ice cubes (crushed, cube — whatever you like!), then pour in 2 ounces of gin, 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice on top (about 1 medium lime). Give it a quick stir (four stirs, to be exact!), then top the whole thing off with 4-5 ounces of tonic water. Garnish with pomegranate seeds or fresh lime slice or wedge.
What’s The Best Gin For Gin And Tonic?
First, it’s important to note that there are 4 different types of gin: London Dry, Plymouth, Old Tom, and Genever. Within each style, there are endless varieties of gin from distilleries all over the world. Our pick for this gin and tonic recipe is The Botanist, which is distinctly London dry in style. This is most definitely a matter of personal preference, so feel free to stray from our recommendation!
Other gins to try: Bombay Sapphire (arguably the most common, with notes of citrus, juniper, and pepper), Highclere Castle (more of a splurge; has notes of lavender, citrus, and juniper), or Beefeater London (inexpensive; has notes of juniper, pepper, and almond).
If you’re looking for a quick breakdown of the 4 different styles of gin, look no further!
- London Dry gins: These are gins that are infused with botanicals through re-distillation. Essentially, no additional flavors or colors can be added after distillation. These are by far the most accessible gins on the market.
- Plymouth gin: More pronounced citrus flavor than London dry gins, less juniper notes, and has a spicier finish. Great for martinis or negronis.
- Old Tom gins: These tend to be richer in flavor than London dry gins, and are better suited for mixed drinks or cocktails that have bitter flavors.
- Genever gins: Tends to have less notes of juniper and a more malty flavor overall. Best used in rich cocktails.
Garnish the pomegranate gin and tonic with fresh pomegranate arils (if you have them) and lime wedges or rounds. No cocktail shaker involved, making this one of our easiest, quickest cocktail recipes on the site!
What’s The Best Brand Of Tonic For Cocktails?
Fever Tree is the brand we keep in house most often, but honestly any tonic water will do. Tonic tends to have a slightly bitter taste (from quinine, which is derived from cinchona bark), making it a great counterpart to sweeter or floral drinks (aka: those made with gin, with a strong aroma of juniper berries!).
Can I Make Tonic Water At Home?
We haven’t tried, but there is a recipe up on Serious Eats explaining the process if you’d like to try and make your town tonic water at home!
The Perfect Ratio
Is there a go-to ratio for making the best G&T at home? A 1:3 ratio of gin to tonic is typical, but we use slightly less tonic water. Why? It has to do with the flavor and taste of the specific gin and tonic that you use. Also, some people prefer a more watered down gin cocktail, so they’ll add a more generous splash of tonic.
2 oz gin + 2 oz pomegranate juice + juice from 1 lime + 4-5 oz of tonic
Which is perfect because Fever-Tree cans of tonic come in 5 oz portions!
I Don’t Have Limes — Can I Use Lemons?
You certainly can, but then it won’t be a classic gin and tonic. It’ll still taste delicious, though! Feel free to experiment with other citrus fruits, such as grapefruit juice or blood orange juice. They’ll change the flavor, but they all work well with gin and tonics. Even a thin slice of cucumber makes for a beautiful garnish and compliment to the gin!
We can’t wait for you to try this refreshing, easy-to-make gin cocktail! It’s beautiful, light, crisp, and sure to impress everyone.
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Light, Refreshing Pomegranate Gin And Tonic
- 2 oz gin such as The Botanist
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- Juice of 1 lime about 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 4-5 oz tonic water
- Lime wedges or rounds for garnish
- Pomegranate arils for garnish
- Make the gin and tonic. Fill a lowball or highball glass halfway with ice, then pour 2 oz gin, 2 oz pomegranate juice, and the juice from 1 lime on top. Stir well, then top off with tonic water to fill the glass. Garnish with lime wedges or rounds.
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