With so many complicated cocktails out there, the Gin & Tonic sounds especially hard to screw up. Two of the three ingredients are right there in the name (the other is just lime juice), and you don’t even need a shaker to make it. But the simplicity of the drink means that there’s nowhere for any flaws to hide; the littlest error can throw off the entire balance of the classic highball. Here are five ways you may be ruining what could be a perfectly delicious G&T, and how to fix them.
Problem: You’re using bottom-shelf products
This is an obvious one, but the easiest thing to rectify. A Gin & Tonic is only as good as the sum of its parts. If you’re only using the cloying tonic water you can find for a dollar a liter, your Gin & Tonic is not reaching its full potential. Try using a quality tonic, like Fever Tree or Q Tonic, instead. The same goes for your gin; we’re not saying you have to fork over half your paycheck for a simple G&T, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for bathtub swill. Ensure your drink is the best it can be, even on a budget, by trying one of these great gins that are under $25.