Alexander & James Tanqueray Gift Set and the perfect Gin & Tonic:
Do you struggle with buying a Father’s Day present and end up getting a bottle of his favourite tipple? While it might go down nicely, you could do a lot better with just a little more effort. Alexander & James have a wonderful collection of gift sets based on premium drinks brands. So, for example, you can choose from Talisker Whisky, Ketel and Ciroc Vodka and Tanqueray Gin, for example, each with complementing glasses or cocktail equipment. It makes something quite simple that you know will work into a special gift which will delight your Dad. And, there’s a Father’s Day special of personalised engraving on some of the bottles right now.
I was sent the Alexander & James Tanqueray No. 10 gift set, which includes two special gin coupes and a litre bottle of gin. Everything arrived beautifully packaged so that it can be gifted easily. And, the glasses are the perfect way to serve a Gin & Tonic.
Tanqueray is one of my favourite gins. Each brand of gin has its own distinct botanicals – The original Tanqueray gin was launched in 1830; its key botanicals are juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice. In fact, the four times distilled Tanqueray No. 10 is the perfect gin to make a martini – so that is next on my list to try. For now, I’m keeping things simple, especially since I have two beautiful green stemmed coupe glasses which came as part of the Alexander & James gift set.
The perfect citrus for Tanqueray, apparently, is lime. Apart from picking the right garnish to enhance your gin and tonic, there are a few other tips that will help make a great Gin & Tonic.
- Obviously, your base Gin should be high quality.
- A premium tonic will help ensure the perfect drink. I like fever-tree with Tanqueray, with the old favourite of Schweppes a close second. I much prefer the fever-tree naturally light tonic if I’m trying to keep the calories down, though.
- Both Gin and Tonic should be stored in the fridge so that when you make your drink up with ice, the liquids are cold enough not to melt the ice and dilute the drink
- The amount of ice you use is entirely personal taste. My preference is for a lot of ice, I tend to fill the glass with ice. But, I have friends who insist that one or two lumps are plenty.
Here’s how to do it.
Now, if you prefer a different Gin, you may want to experiment with the garnish. Lime is perfect with traditional gins like Tanqueray, but the idea of the garnish is to bring out the botanicals. And of course, some of that is down to personal taste. You can add strawberries, blueberries or blackberries, herbs like Rosemary and other citrus fruit. Best of all, you get to drink your experiment!
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift set to review by Alexander & James. All content is editorially given.