Sure – this is an easy recipe for a Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic. Simple ingredients, and easy to make. But still – there are several ways to muck it up or make it better.
The key to this drink really is the gin. There are so many out there – in all sorts of price ranges. The combo of grapefruit and basil really pairs well with the Mediterranean flavors of some gins.
Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic
- 2 Oz. Gin Go Mediterranean!
- 6 Oz. Tonic water Go simple.
- Grapefruit wheel For Garnish
- Sprigs of Basil For Garnish
- Build your drink in your glass.
- Add ice, then your gin.
- Top with your favorite neutral tonic water.
- Garnish with your grapefruit and basil. Pro tip – add your giant grapefruit wheel before the ice if you go this way.
What is this Mediterranean style of gin?
It’s delicious, for starters. There seems to be a common denominator among this style of gins, in that the botanicals and flavors are sourced from the Med.
You will find gins, like Gin Mare, made from olives and rosemary. Or Mil, a curiously strong Irish Gin that’s bold with flavors from juniper, almonds, bergamot, and olives, all sourced in the Mediterranean.
Can you possibly mix up this Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic?
Yes, yes you can. Here are some easy ways to play with these flavors.
- Squeeze some fresh grapefruit juice into your G & T. This adds more citrus than just letting your fruit float around in your glass.
- Use a Mediterranean tonic. Fever Tree makes one, and adds tastes of rosemary, thyme, and lemon to things.
- Add more basil. The floating basil as a garnish is great for the nose, if you want more taste, it’s easy to drown some basil in the drink, too. You can also smack your basil before dropping it in. Smacking your herbs between the hands gets the flavors really going.
If you LOVE some G & T, try the Gin and Bitters.