Best Tonic for Gin: Perfect Pairings for Every Type of Gin


In an ever growing and expanding world of gins, you need the best tonic for your tipple. In fact it’s not only necessary, the perfect match could be deemed essential.

The ideal gin to tonic water ratio is generally regarded as 50 ml gin to 100 ml tonic and don’t forget, the right garnish can really bring out the flavours of your G&T too.

There is a right tonic out there to complement every gin and we’re here to unravel the marvelous art of gin & tonic pairing to you.

Best Tonic for London Dry Gin

A London Dry is characterised by the fact that the base spirit must be distilled to a completely neutral spirit of 96% alcoholic volume, while nothing synthetic can be added.

If you consider yourself a gin purist, enjoying this type of gin straight is the ideal way to have it or mix it up with a subtle tonic mixer to not overpower the true flavour of the gin.

Therefore original or light tonic, as well as ginger ale, are the ideal mixers to combine a London Dry with…

London Essence Co. Classic London Tonic Water

A precise balance of sweet citrus notes, pleasantly bitter quinine and distilled juniper essence.

Get one from Waitrose for £1.99 (500 ml)


Fentimans Premium Indian Tonic Water

Made with a blend of herbal infusions and lemongrass extract which creates a refreshing and unique tonic water.

Available at Amazon for £14.40 (pack of 8, 500 ml)


Lamb & Watt Original Tonic Water Bottle

A delicious and refreshing mixer crafted using all natural ingredients. Quinine from the Cinchona Tree brings bitterness, Sicilian Lemons bring zesty citrus character and organic Blue Agave syrup is used to impact a naturally light sweetness. The spring water used is drawn from the Lake District.

Available on Amazon for £13.07 (pack of 12, 200ml)


Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic

Made with natural quinine this tonic water has no artificial sweeteners, flavourings or preservatives.

Available at Tesco £1.81 (500 ml)


Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale

best tonic for gin

A distinctive ginger flavour is created by blending the world’s finest gingers. Added complexity comes form supportive citrus notes, resulting in an overwhelmingly clean finish – making this the perfect mixer for dark spirits.

Available at Tesco from £1.19 (200 ml)


Artisan Skinny London Tonic

best tonic for gin

A natural blend of aromatic botanicals and specially selected orange & lemon essences, combined with a lower amount of fruit sugar levels to balance quinine’s crispness with a rounded aftertaste and dry finish.

Available on The Drink Shop for £27.70 (24 x 200 ml bottles).


Lixir Refreshingly Light Tonic

best tonic for gin

The citrus notes combine with the quinine to give a lovely clean taste that lends itself to pair well with floral gins.

Available on 31 Dover for £2.40 (20 cl) 


Best Tonic for Elderflower Gin

Gins of this variety could be described as sweet summer in glass. Feather light and intoxicatingly aromatic, drinking elderflower gin is like walking through sumptuous botanical gardens.

Due to the vibrance of its flavour this gin is best enjoyed with a light tonic or lemonade to amplify the herbaceous tones of the gin. Why not add some mint in there to take your palate experience to new heights?

Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade

best tonic for gin

By blending fruit sugars with the aromas and taste of freshly squeezed lemons, including “sfurmatrice-torchio” extracts of Sicilian lemon, this mixer is perfect for your gin or equally can be enjoyed on its own.

Available from the Whiskey Exchange for £0.95 (20 cl)


Artisan Skinny London Tonic

best tonic for gin

A natural blend of aromatic botanicals and specially selected orange & lemon essences, combined with a lower amount of fruit sugar levels to balance quinine’s crispness with a rounded aftertaste and dry finish.

Available on The Drink Shop for £27.70 (24 x 200 ml bottles).


Best Tonic for Sloe Gin

Although sloe gin is typically regarded as a taste of autumn, it can also be enjoyed over the warmer months due to its fruity and refreshing flavour.

Sloe gin could be paired with Mediterranean or Elderflower tonic as their earthy honey sweetness will round up the sophisticated flavours of the sloes.

Add a bit of thyme to complete your G&T and voilà you’ll have a flavourful extravaganza taking place on your palate.

Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic

best tonic for gin

By blending the gentle bitterness of quinine with fruit sugars and subtly sweet floral botanicals such as lemon, thyme and rosemary sourced from the shores of the Mediterranean FeverTree have created this delicious mixer.

Available at Tesco for £1.81 (500 ml).

Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic

best tonic for gin

By blending the essential oils from handpicked English elderflowers with quinine of the highest quality from the “fever trees” of the democratic Republic of Congo, this is a delicious, floral variation of FeverTree’s Indian tonic water.

Available at Tesco for £1.81 (500 ml)


Best Tonic for Pink Gin

The ever-popular pink gin is often regarded as the taste of summer with its highly Instagrammable appearance often causing a stir.

It’s more than just a pretty face, however. This type of gin can surprisingly pack quite a punch so opt for subtle flavours such as hibiscus, lemonade or elderflower for the perfect match.

Lamb and Watt Hibiscus Tonic

best tonic for gin

Floral notes open with a delicious charge of sweetness. Slight tartness follows yet allowing the hibiscus note to develop into a long candied finish.

Available from The Drink Shop for £9.83 (12 x 200 ml)

Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water

By blending the essential oils from handpicked English elderflowers with quinine of the highest quality from the “fever trees” of the Democratic Republic of Congo, FeverTree have created a delicious, floral variation of their Indian tonic water.

Available at Tesco for £1.81 (500 ml)

Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemonade

With the aroma and taste of freshly squeezed lemons, including extracts of Sicilian lemons, this is a superb, cloudy, sparkling lemonade. Perfectly balanced to be mixed with the finest fruit cups, gins, it’s equally delicious as a sophisticated soft drink on its own.

Available from the Whiskey Exchange for £0.95 (20 cl)


Best Tonic for Violet Gin

Typically developed from violet blossoms but ranging from berry-tastic to sweet and pastel-y, keep your tonic mixer subtle or floral to bring out the best in your violet gin.

Lamb and Watt Hibiscus Tonic

Floral notes open with a delicious charge of sweetness. Slight tartness follows yet allowing the hibiscus note to develop into a long candied finish.

Available from The Drink Shop for £9.83 (12 x 200 ml)


London Essence Co. Classic London Tonic Water

Pleasantly bitter with sweet citrus notes, they’ve achieved their light taste by steeping juniper berries prior to distillation, allowing the full range of aromatics to come through in the taste – capturing the “essence” of London’s favourite spirit, in a non-alcoholic mixer.

Get one from Waitrose for £1.99 (500 ml)


Best Tonic for Rhubarb Gin

Bring your rhubarb gin alive by contrasting it with a ginger ale or add a hibiscus tonic water to complement it nicely.

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

best tonic for gin

By using a unique blend of three of the world’s finest naturally sourced gingers, subtle botanical flavours and spring water, Fever-Tree’s delicious Ginger Ale has an authentic and refreshing taste and aroma.

Available at Tesco from £1.19 (200 ml)

Lamb and Watt Hibiscus Tonic

best tonic for gin

Floral notes open with a delicious charge of sweetness. Slight tartness follows yet allowing the hibiscus note to develop into a long candied finish.

Available from The Drink Shop for £9.83 (12 x 200 ml)


Best Tonic for Citrus Gin

Bring out citrusy flavours in the best way possible by opting for a minty or a refreshing cucumber-like flavour.

Lamb and Watt Basil Tonic Water

best tonic for gin

Beautiful and herbaceous yet with a hit of quinine that leaves you in no doubt that you are drinking a tonic. The basil lasts well leaving behind a satisfying dry finish.

Available on the  Drink Supermarket for £0.89 (200 ml). 

Lamb and Watt Cucumber Tonic Water

best tonic for gin

A refreshing almost pallet cleansing tonic that leaves the mouth with a fresh zing, reminiscent of a bite of a Granny Smith apple.

Beautiful served over ice with a lime squeeze or add to your favourite cucumber based gin, serve with ice and slice of cucumber.

Available on Drink Supermarket £0.89 (200 ml)


Best Tonic for Cucumber Gin

Cucumber gins can be overpowered by a cucumber flavour which is why you don’t really need to reach for the cucumber garnish or tonic mixer.

Instead opt for a premium or light tonic water to bring out the sweet flavours of the gin.

Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic

best tonic for gin

By blending luscious botanical oils with spring water and quinine of the highest quality from the “fever trees” from the eastern hill ranges of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they have created an award winning tonic water, designed to enhance the very best gins.

Available at Tesco £1.81 (500 ml)

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