How to Make a Stiff Gin and Tonic

Along with a dirty martini, the gin and tonic was my first love of a classic cocktail. My parents used to drink them on the back patio once in a while when the weather was nice. The ritual may have hooked me first, but the bracing, herbal qualities of a good gin, the generous squeeze of lime, and the slight, sweet fizz of tonic are what sold me in the end.


With so few ingredients, quality and character matter. Go with good quality gin and tonic water, to be sure, but also choose brands you really like. It's a good excuse to have a tasting party!

Gin and Tonic Recipe

The gin and tonic is our OG classic cocktail recipe. The 1:1 ratio of gin to tonic here makes it nice and strong, and we like lots of lime. Of course, you can adjust it all according to your preference.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 1


  • 3 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces tonic water
  • Lots of freshly squeezed lime (to taste)


  1. Fill a small glass halfway with ice.
  2. Pour in gin and tonic water, squeeze in lime juice, give it a quick stir, and sip away.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 249