Frozen Gin and Tonics are the perfect summertime cocktail. Blend frozen tonic water cubes with gin and lime zest and enjoy these refreshing drinks with a friend!
Tanqueray and Tonic
Happy Hour just got better with T&Ts! I grew up watching my dad enjoy this cocktail but on the rocks (in other words, not frozen)! In fact, after he started the grill in the summer, he’d head straight to mix up his T&T in one of our many Okoboji glasses.
The history of the Ojoboji glasses goes way back to our summer vacations to a popular lake in Iowa. We grew up spending time there with cousins, and then later with our extended immediate family.
We drank our beloved gin and tonics (and many other cocktails) in these glasses! So many great memories.
Cheers to my Dad! He’d be 94 today!
What is Tanqueray?
Tanqueray is a classic London dry gin – smooth and delicious with an array of botanicals and a grapefruit peel edge. It’s one of the best selling gins in the world and affordable too.
Just three simple ingredients are needed for these drinks. So simple!
- Gin – We always use Tangueray in honor of my dad who loved his gin and tonics! Feel free to use your favorite brand of gin.
- Tonic Water – We love Schweppes or Canada Dry, if available.
- Lime Zest – You’ll need to zest one medium lime to add to the drinks.
How to make Frozen Gin and Tonics:
Make tonic water cubes. Pour at least 24 ounces of tonic water in ice cube trays. Freeze until solid.
You’ll want to make the tonic cubes a day or so in advance. Then you can remove the ice cubes to a plastic bag and store in the freezer.
Refrigerate gin. Pour the gin in a measuring cup and store in the refrigerator (or freezer) to keep chilled.
If you have room in your freezer to store the bottle of gin, you can just keep the whole bottle in there.
Zest the lime. Take one lime and zest it. Make sure you rinse the lime beforehand.
Add cubes to blender. Use a large blender and add the tonic cubes. Add the chilled gin to the blender as well.
Blend. Blend the ingredients together until creamy. Add zest and blend again.
I often blend the gin and tonics, pour the mixture into a freezer safe container, and then store until ready to serve. If you do this, however, you may need to set the container out to let it get a little slushy before adding to glasses.
Serve. Serve frozen gin and tonics with lime slices or wedges.
How to make Gin and Tonics on the rocks:
Want to make just a regular ole drink over ice? Here’s how I do it.
- Add some ice to glasses. (Either regular ice or the frozen tonic ice, if you have it.)
- Pour about 3 ounces of gin to each glass.
- Top with tonic water. I recommend using about five ounces to each glass.
- Add a squeeze of lime (or some lime zest) to each glass.
- Stir and serve immediately!
You can store gin in a cool, dry place. You can also store gin in the freezer.
Gin lasts for about two years after opening.
Vodka is a neutral spirit containing water and alcohol that is essentially tasteless. Gin is distilled with juniper berries and botanicals giving them their distinct flavors. They are similar but have different production methods and taste different too.
In addition to tonic water, you can mix gin with dry vermouth, white wine, soda water, grapefruit or pineapple juice, flavored seltzer, ginger beer, lemonade, 7UP, etc.
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Frozen Gin and Tonics
- 8 oz. gin – I use Tanqueray
- 24 oz. tonic water
- 1 medium lime – zested
- Make tonic water cubes. Pour at least 24 ounces of tonic water in ice cube trays. Freeze until solid. (Make these ahead of time so the cubes are frozen solid.)
- Refrigerate gin. Pour the gin in a measuring cup and store in the refrigerator (or freezer) to keep chilled.
- Zest the lime. Take one lime and zest it.
- Add cubes to blender. Use a large blender and add the tonic cubes. Add the chilled gin.
- Blend. Blend the ingredients together until creamy. Add zest and blend again.
- Serve. Serve frozen gin and tonics with lime slices or wedges.