Gin & Tonic – Summer’s here

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Gin & Tonic

Gin Tonic is hot and creative gin cocktails and mixed drinks are rapidly becoming one of the big bar trends in Europe (gin sales have increased with 11 % this year!).

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Every self-respecting bar or restaurant has an extensive gin & tonic menu, with often more than 20 brands of gin and several tonics. The mix is completed with fresh spices, fruits and other accompaniments. Top restaurants like El Bulli, Oud Sluis, Hof Van Cleve, De Pastorale & De Librije have been serving qualitative gin tonic mixes for a long time and creativity and the mixture of flavors became very important when serving a gin & tonic.

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The sour, dry aspects in the gin and the quinine, the hints of citrus and the bitter flavors in the tonics makes gin & tonic an excellent aperitif alternative. It opens the stomach and stimulates the taste buds, and is easily combined with many appetizers.

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Belgian Gin

There are many kinds of Gin widely available these days. Hendrick’s Gin, Mombasa Club, Gin sea and VL92 gin are some of my favorites, but the one and only Belgian gin – the Filliers Dry gin – is definitely worth a try as well.

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The Filliers original dry is an exceptionally mild, refined and widely prized dry gin – a great choice for a classic gin & tonic with a slice of lime.

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The tangerine seasonal edition is a must-have for the summer and combines aromas of oranges, tangerines and lime with hints of juniper berries and coriander. Try the following recipe on a sunny day and enjoy the summer in your glass!

– 5 cl of Filliers Tangerine Seasonal Gin
– 1 bottle of Fever Tree Tonic Water (or Lemon Tonic if you prefer it more sour)
– 1 Tangerine ice cube (pour fresh tangerine juice into an ice cube form and freeze)
– 4 normal ice cubes
– Garnish with tangerine peel, 3 juniper berries & coriander leaves

Fever Tree Tonic

Mixing your quality gin with poor quality soft drinks is quite a shame. High quality tonics are widely available since a few years, and Fever Tree is the tonic you will probably get when ordering a classic gin & tonic in a nice bar or restaurant.

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Already served in 7 out of the top 10 restaurants in the world, you can now find the Fever-Tree range in restaurants, bars, hotels and gastro pubs in over 30 countries worldwide. For more information about where to buy Fever-Tree products please have a look at their website.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Manuel Barrientos Jun 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for your article,

    It is very interesting and .. it seems that you liked the Gin Sea !!

    Regards,

    Manuel Barrientos
    Maker and Owner Gin Sea

    • Sven Jun 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Hi Manuel, yes indeed – we did! We really like the citrus flavors in this soft and Mediterranean gin, and love the combination with a decent, delicate tonic, a bit of thyme and some lemon hints.

  2. Jeroen Bouserie Dec 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I can recommended ti serve it with 1724 (tonic)

    Filliers Dry Gin 28 46 % 50cl – België
    Ingrediënten: 28 botanicals oa. jeneverbes, koriander en citroen maar ook oranjebloesems, kardemom, lavendelbloesems, gember, gentiaanwortel, Angelica wortel, …
    Serveren met: citroen, limoen

    Cheers!

    • Sven & Adriaan Dec 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Jeroen ;-)!

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