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GIN is the spirit of the moment. It's been riding high for quite some time now, but it's not to everyone's tastes. If you're happy with that, so are we. But if you find yourself wanting to be part of the gin club (its low-calorie appeal is hard to knock, not to mention the refreshment value and any-time-of-day suitability), getting the right glass and garnish is key.

"The vessel from which you sip your drink absolutely affects the way in which you experience the flavour and drinkability," says Sasha Filimonov, the new UK Brand Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin. "For a gin and tonic, my preferred vessel is an elegant highball.

"The reason I prefer the highball, is I find the ice dilutes at a slower rate, giving you a less 'watery' gin and tonic. Plus, the ice doesn't hit my nose as much..."

Schweppes even created the world's first scientifically-designed G&T glass. The design uses a technique that traps bubbles in between three layers of glass, to physically increase the fizziness of the drink. The heavy base fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and the shape supposedly enhances the sound of pouring, and lightly bursting bubbles before you take each sip.

"While not everyone will have a scientifically-designed glass at home, you can achieve a similar multi-sensory drinking experience by choosing a stemless, round based, heavy gin glass," says renowned drinks expert Tony Conigliaro. "It should have a volume of around 300ml for the perfect serve."

"At Hendrick's, we firmly believe that our G&T should be served with cucumber," Filimonov continues. "This brings out the essence of cucumber, which we use when creating our flavour profile. Similarly for a Martini garnish, when others ask for lemon twists, we hail the cucumber slice."

If cucumber isn't your bag, there are so many other garnishes you can try.

Lemons and limes are the obvious go-to, but you can also try blood orange or pink grapefruit for a fancier citrus finish. Or go uber-cool and try a garnish of cloves, pepper, rosemary or vanilla pods - and don't forget mint.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2018
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