Comprised of gin, lemon peel, ice and tonic water, gin tonic is a year-round drink but perfect for warm weather, it was originated in India in the 19th century to fight against malaria. Nowadays, it becomes a magic potion for drinkers.
近年來，英國與西班牙掀起了一股琴通寧熱潮，及後更席捲全世界。在過去五年內，英國琴酒廠的數量翻了一倍，西班牙近年亦成為全球飲用琴酒第二高的國家。在港珠澳地區，專門喝琴酒的酒吧多如雨後春筍，位於香港中環置地廣場、亞洲50大最佳酒吧之一的“Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour”，就擁有300 種琴酒供酒徒“ 朝聖”。酒吧經理陳智麟說，釀製琴酒除了必須的“基底”材料——杜松子外，其他配料可自由配搭，演變出千變萬化的口味，現時的琴酒更多達一千種，“很多人以為琴酒是歐洲獨有，其實東南亞國家，如我們酒吧亦供應以日本及香港生產的琴酒所製成的琴通寧。”
The Diverse Gin
In the past few years, gin tonic fever first heated up in the United Kingdom and Spain, and then spread around the world: the number of gin makers has doubled in the United Kingdom in last five years; the second highest level of gin consumption in the world can be found in Spain. Located in The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour is one of Asia’s 50 best bars with over 300 types of gin. Bar Manager Paul Chan said besides the essential juniper berries, other ingredients can be freely matched to produce different tastes, hence there are thousands of gins on the market. “Many people think gin is only available in Europe, in fact, our bar also provides gin tonic made of the gin from southeast Asian countries, Japan and Hong Kong,” said Chan.
Served in Collins Glass
After a hundred years of development, gin tonic is particular about the proportion and even the glass used. According to Chan, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour uses Collins glasses, the English traditional glasses for gin tonic, “People may use balloon glasses, alias Copa glasses, for the new Spanish gin tonic as they can swirl the drink like wine to appreciate the aroma of the gin. But to be traditional, it should be served in a 12 oz collins or highball glass. Bubbles rise elegantly in the tall and straight body of the glass the moment when tonic water is added to the gin and ice. Adding different shapes of ice cubes, different colours of tonic water and edible flowers, a glass of gin tonic becomes a piece of art.”
Tasting Gin Tonic in Two Steps
To properly appreciate the character of a gin tonic, first, take a small sip of neat gin in room temperature. As gin has a stronger taste, it only needs to be swirled around the palate before swallowing. It takes a shorter time than wine for the flavor to be released. High-quality gin has a balanced botanical aroma, complex body and lasting taste. Straight gin should be smooth and create a warm feeling in the chest when it is swallowed. On the contrary, low-quality gin is choking and tastes harsh on the palate.
Afterwards, add tonic water to the gin to see if the botanical hints are overpowered by the bitterness of the quinine. Only when the characters of the two are perfectly balanced could be called a good gin tonic.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Shop B31A, Basement, The Landmark,
15 Queen’s Road Central, Central,
電話 Tel: +852 2111 9449