Which gin for your tonic? 7 Aussie gins to max out your G&T
The humble gin and tonic might seem like the simplest of cocktails, but these 7 Australian craft gins will turn your average G&T into something special.
With over 200 Aussie gins to choose from, picking a favourite bottle in the Nip of Courage store is like trying to choose a favourite child… if you had 200 children. And also presuming you liked them all.
Ok, it’s not a good analogy, but you know what I mean.
So we’ve picked 7 gins that we love putting into a G&T and that transform an ordinary drink into something remarkable.
Giniversity’s easy-going Australian Native Gin is so versatile. Its slightly savoury earthy notes from emu plum and delicate lemon balm notes bring a nuance to a G&T that’s often missed.
Paired with a light summery tonic with a Mediterranean blend will let this gin do its best work. The perfect refreshing drink for a hot day.
Bold juniper notes put their best Proudfoot forward in this complex yet balanced style of gin. Rich herbaceous rosemary, bay and pine flavours push past the aromatics and sweetness of the tonic leading to a refreshing yet satisfying G&T.
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary piercing a slice of lemon and plenty of ice for a drink that works on a hot day as much as an after-dinner settler.
With botanicals like green olives, capers, basil and lemon in its arsenal, Threefold’s Mediterranean Gin has salinity, sweetness, sharpness and umami in spades.
You don’t need to be picky choosing a tonic to go with this gin as its flavour profile will suit most, though a Mediterranean tonic makes sense.
Bright, lively and juniper forward, Stone Pine’s gins are already the perfect accompaniment to a good tonic.
But the extra zing from fresh rhubarb not only gives your G&T a beautiful pearlescent hue, but also delivers a fresh tartness that creates a clearer connection between the gin and its tonic.
This new style of gin - Sydney dry rather than London dry - is the perfect choice for hot summer days when a G&T is all you can think about.
Poor Toms' Sydney Dry Gin works well with lighter tonics - or even a half-tonic half-soda - but the clever blend of native aromatics like strawberry gum and lemon myrtle play so well with the quinine bitterness of the tonic.
It always surprises us how smooth this navy strength gin is. Somehow cloaking its 57.5%ABV in layers of herbs and citrus, Lightning makes for one hell of a G&T.
Lemon myrtle, ruby grapefruit, mandarin and a double dose of juniper make the tonic really work to keep up with this gin.
Shrugging off any bonds that a tonic might try to hold it back with, this juggernaut of a gin leads the way in a G&T.
Never Never really have thrown everything in juniper form they can at this. Not only have they added juniper at three different stages of the distillation, they’ve also mixed a pure juniper distillate into the final product.
Standing at a mighty 58%ABV, this OP gin is the prime candidate for a bold spicy tonic - something that will make way for all that fragrant pepperiness and oily pine from the juniper, and hold it aloft like a trophy.