How to Make a Gin and Tonic – with a twist

Sometimes all you’re in the mood for is a Gin and Tonic. Welcoming the Dizzee Monkey – a classic G&T with a twist.


  1. 20ml Monkey 47 Gin
  2. ½ bottle of Pedrino
  3. 3 drops of smoked bitters
  4. Pink Grapefruit wedge garnish with rest of Pedrino on side


  1. Fill your wine glass with ice
  2. Add all the ingredients into the glass
  3. Spray oil from grapefruit zest
  4. Top up with tonic and garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge

We use Monkey 47 Gin here because it provides a more complex flavour than other gins. Why? Well, the gin is distilled in copper barrels that give the juniper-based alcohol a unique taste.


Arguably Britain’s favourite drink, the gin and tonic is as simple as it is tasty, but how did it all come about? Well, for something with such a short list of ingredients, it’s had a mixed past, full of travelling and different identities. In the 1850s, the British Crown took governance of India, where gin was married to tonic for the first time. Originally a very harsh taste used for anti-malarial purposes, the bitter tonic became less intense and fresher in taste when mixed with the juniper-based alcohol.

Our very own take on it at the Strand Palace uses Monkey 47 Gin – hence the name – and an alcoholic tonic – usually Pedrino – for an extra punch. To cut through the powerful alcoholic ingredients, we’ve added bitter notes of a pink grapefruit wedge and smoked bitters for added balance. We’ve made it a drink which resonates with our G&T-loving guests and those who witnessed its inception in India.
Where to drink gin and tonic? We have a well-known gin bar at the Strand Palace Hotel with a unique atmosphere and, of course, great tasting gin.

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