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The Perfect B&T

Bertha and tonic

published by Justin Green in Gin Cocktails

What exactly makes a perfect Bertha and Tonic? In recent years, we have seen an enormous amount of variations on the ratios of gin to tonic, the size and shape of the glass and also at times we have experienced a riot of garnishes. There is also a huge range of tonics available on the market now too. There is no right or wrong way to mix the perfect G&T but at the Ballyvolane House Spirits Company, we like to keep things simple and authentic.

  • Fill a highball glass to the brim with ice. Try to ensure the ice is properly frozen and it will reduce the rate of dilution when actually sipping the drink later. Even better still, chill the glasses in the freezer beforehand.
  • Add a shot/measure of Bertha’s Revenge Gin and we recommend Fever-Tree Indian tonic as it’s less sweet compared with some of the traditional tonic brands and this allows Bertha to shine through perfectly.
  • We recommend a 1 part gin to 4 parts tonic ratio.
  • Garnish with an orange zest. Grapefruit and lemon zest garnishes work well too.
  • Squeeze the zest lengthways between your finger and thumb to release the oils into the drink and rub the zest around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the glass.
  • Stir and sip enthusiastically but sensibly!