Last month, the Mediterranean gin brand ‘Gin Mare’ carried out a – scientific – study in order to discover the ultimate gin & tonic. At least, the ultimate G & T using Gin Mare. Or what did you expect?
Stuart Bale (known as a ‘drinks scientist’) took it upon himself to prepare 120 different gin and tonics. All of them are prepared with Gin Mare, but each with different garnishes. After everything had been carefully tasted (life can be really tough), there was only one combination that stood up: mango and black pepper. It maybe sounds strange, but there’s a certain logic behind this bold combination. According to Bale, the magic lies in the chemicals that are present in both the tropical fruit and the different botanicals used in Gin Mare (Arbequina olives, Greek thyme, Italian basil and Turkish rosemary).
Mango and black pepper both contain very high levels of pinene, a substance which is also present in juniper and an entire range of Mediterranean herbs. You probably already guessed that this combination causes a flavour explosion in your mouth. Obviously, GINcubator wouldn’t be GINcubator if we didn’t perform the test ourselves. Our verdict? A nice gin and tonic, that’s for sure, but I’m not entirely convinced that this is the best combination around. We definitely wouldn’t want to withhold the recipe, since (let’s be honest) it’s worthwhile to serve it yourself!
What do you need for your perfect serve?
– A balloon glass like the one in the picture (this is imperative!) with lots of ice
– 5 cL Gin Mare (1.7 oz)
– A slice of mango
– Black Pepper
– 1724 Tonic Water
The Recipe: Gin Mare & Tonic
Take a large balloon glass and fill it up with ice (use a lot, about 2/3 of the glass). Stir the ice inside the glass to let it cool. Remove any excess water, you can use a cocktail strainer for this. Add the slice of mango and pour 5 cL Gin Mare in the glass. Before you add the tonic water, give the pepper mill two twists. Add about 100 – 125 ml of 1724 tonic water. Try doing this at the edge of your glass (but you can also use a bar spoon for this). Just try to keep the bubbles of your tonic instead of pouring in the tonic all at once and lose any sparkling sensation while drinking your G&T. Serve with pride!
If you want to prepare the perfect Gin & Tonic, read it here on G&T Recipes.
Based on the article “How to make the perfect gin and tonic – and there’s no lime in sight” from metro.co.uk.