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