With the wide range of flavours in modern gins, and tonics it is easier than ever to pair delicious food with the perfect complementary gin.
Who cares if “they” say that only red wine should be served with beef or that gin is “just” an aperitif? We like gin, we like good food and when nothing but convention stands between us and some damn, fine G&Ts and food pairings… well, convention also dictates that gin should only be served with lime and we know how wrong that is. So we’ve taken some of our favourite Gin Festival dishes and matched them to a few perfectly paired G&Ts.
Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water and the wonderfully vibrant, Malfy Gin are a match made in heaven. Together they make a drink that is light in texture with a solid triumvirate of lemon, juniper and quinine. This modern classic pairs beautifully with a Spanish-style platter brimming with manchego, sun blushed tomatoes, olives, hummus, pickled peppers, olive oil and balsamic vinegar with fresh bread, thanks to its refreshing, citrus profile.
A somewhat meatier Spanish-style platter (additional somalo chorizo, vela mild, somalo lomo, fuet sausage and no hummus or peppers,) works wonderfully with a crisp Willem Barentsz and Fever-Tree Light Tonic Water. The Light Tonic is particularly dry and accentuates the unusual split base of Willem Barentz. Orange pine notes add a freshness to the spiced meats.
As a standalone drink, Shortcross Gin brings forward wild berries and grassy notes and when combined with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic the floral sweetness adds a complex depth. The traditional citrus and quinine play with the coriander from the gin to create drier, more bitter aromas. We think that this is a gorgeous accompaniment to a chilli nacho burger, with hummus, pickles and halloumi! The gentle heat is well balanced by the herbaceous G&T.
An archetypal element of a Spanish menu, patatas bravas are crisp and fluffy and rarely without a gently spiced, tomato sauce. What better to drink with them than a fabulous Aussie gin and tonic that actually contains bush tomato as a botanical? West Winds The Cutlass with a low quinine, delightfully savoury, Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water is just what you want. Beautifully aromatic, with bush tomatoes and lemon myrtle, the patatas bravas brings out the most savoury elements of the gin.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a juicy beef burger, piled high with cheese, pickles and lettuce. On those days, you want a drink that packs a similar punch. Try a Navy strength gin like Wight's HMS Victory Gin, with a bold tonic like Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic. The high ABV of the gin, alongside its own, characteristic lemon zest and notable grain of paradise presence, is ideal with the aromatic tonic (which is made using Angostura bark, the same as is used in Angostura bitters).
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