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The tonic pouring mistake that is ruining your G&T

Making sure you stock up on the right gin and a decent tonic is one way to make sure you get a decent G&T.
But, there’s something that can make your precious drink less than perfect, even if you have all the right ingredients to hand.

According to Michael Stringer, drinks expert and Managing Director of Black Leaf Events, pouring your tonic water too fast can result in a flat gin and tonic.

“Pouring your tonic too quickly causes the tonic to fizz up at the top of your drink, releasing lots of CO2 which means less fizz in your glass,” he told Good Housekeeping. MORE: BEST GIN COCKTAIL RECIPES

And not only should we be taking a little extra time when we prepare our drink, we need to make sure we have plenty of ice too.

“Plenty of ice keeps the temperature of a drink lower, meaning the carbon dioxide in your tonic finds it harder to escape, keeping your drink fizzier for longer.”

The way you pour your tonic can help too, according to Alistair Wilson, Managing Director at Isle of Skyle Distillers.

“I’d always recommend approaching this in the same way you’d pour a pint of beer,” he said. “Tilt the glass sideways, then slowly bring it upright. That way, the tonic will hit the side of the glass rather than the base, and help reduce the speed at which the carbon dioxide is released from the drink.

“Avoid over-stirring your G&T too, as this will cause it to go flatter much quicker.”

MORE: 7 MISTAKES THAT ARE RUINING YOUR GIN AND TONIC The tonic pouring mistake that is ruining your G&T

a bar spoon may be a good place to start.

According to Edgar Serra Pou, Food and Beverage Manager from The Chesterfield, the long spoons with the spiral handles are a great tool to pour tonic water.

“To counter tonic going flat prematurely, use the bar spoon to pour the tonic into the gin, this is done slowly to ensure none of the tonic splashes out of the glass.”

The way you pour your tonic water, and the quantity of ice may not always be the culprit however.

Different tonic waters may go flatter more quickly too, depending on the sugar content and acid levels, says Alistair.

So next time your G&T goes flat, don’t blame the speed at which you’re drinking it, take a look at the speed at which you’re pouring it instead!

MORE: AN INTRODUCTION TO GIN: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF GINS?

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