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It's not all about new-fangled recipes,

though. Old Tom, a slightly sweeter style

of gin that was popular in the 1700s, has

made a big comeback lately in bar circles.

One excellent example (among a sea of

not-so-excellent ones) is the Old Tom made

by Hayman's, one of England's most historic

distilling families. I'd

happily sip it neat.

Hayman's is also

one of a number

of distillers now

producing gins that

have been lightly aged

in oak, inspired by

the fact that all gins would have been stored

and served from oak casks back in the day,

giving them a natural hint of woodiness.

Hayman's Family Reserve uses wood with

a light touch, but if you want to see what

extremities this style can go to, try tasting

your way through an oak-aged Dram Set

from Master of Malt.

TONIC TASTE-OFF

So you've got the gin sorted, but which of the many tonics available should you mix it with?

Here are some tips for  nding the best  avour match

FOR A LONDON DRY GIN

London Dry gins tend to be quite foursquare, with a lot

of dry juniper and citrus � avours, so you need a tonic that's

equally weighty. My tip here would be Schweppes,

which is big on sweet, sour and � zz. And the sound of

one of those little cans being opened is always pretty

mouth-watering too.

£4.25/12x150ml, Sainsbury's

FOR A FLORAL GIN

1724 is a new, high-end tonic made with quinine picked

from the Inca trail in the Andean mountains. For me, it has

a tangy, lime cordial note that goes well with more blousy

� oral notes - try it with the rose-laced Hendrick's.

£37.75/24x200ml, Master of Malt

FOR CITRUSY GIN

Many of the new American gins, such as Leopold's, play

down the dry juniper and amp up the citrus - elder� ower

and lemon are a time-honoured match, so mix these gins

with either Fever-Tree or Bottlegreen's elder� ower

versions and a fat wedge of lemon. Alternatively, add a hint

of pink and a tart, fruity kick with Bottlegreen's Pink Tonic,

made with pomegranate.

Fever Tree Elder� ower Tonic £1.69/500ml, Waitrose

Bottlegreen Pink Tonic £2.99/4x175ml, Tesco

FOR A SAVOURY GIN

There are a growing number of gins now exploring more

savoury botanicals, such as Gin Mare, Anno and Cambridge

Distillery's Japanese Gin. A good partner for these would

be Fever-Tree's Mediterranean Tonic, which counts

lemon oil, thyme and geranium in its botanicals.

£3.05/4x200ml, Waitrose

FOR A DELICATE GIN

All-natural Fever-Tree Tonic is ideal with delicate gins

as it has a restrained sweetness and delicate sparkle

that won't overwhelm - a good match here would

be Plymouth gin. I'm also a big fan of Fever Tree's

Naturally Light Tonic, which has half the calories.

£3.05/4x200ml, Tesco

AND FOR SOMETHING ELSE

ENTIRELY…

If you're in the market for something really unusual, then

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Small Batch Tonic is a tonic

cordial that you mix yourself with soda, so you can adapt

the intensity to your taste. Tart and citrusy, with some

intriguing aromatic, woody, notes, it's not tonic as you

know it, but it could work very well in long drinks or as

a splash in a Martini.

£13.50/503ml, The Whisky Exchange

The boom in gin varieties has produced

some really stunning packaging, too. Four

new gins that are beautiful both inside and

out are Dodd's from Battersea; the range

of St George gins from California; Beckett's,

which uses juniper from England; and

Elephant, a micro-distillery gin from Germany

with a sophisticated

hint of wormwood

bitterness. Any of

these would make a

wonderful gift.

And if you still can't

 nd that perfect gin

of your dreams, then you could always go

and make it yourself - Cambridge Distillery

o� ers a bespoke 'Gin Tailoring' service, which

allows you to devise a bespoke gin under

their expert guidance.

Alice Lascelles is the author of Ten Cocktails:

The Art of Convivial Drinking (£16.99, Saltyard

Books); @alicelascelles

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