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Become a master of mixology with three gin aperitifs.

By BTYB Tanqueray
A bar cart staple, gin is the hero ingredient of many popular cocktails including the classic martini and G&T. But perhaps it's time to move beyond the basics and put your at-home bartending skills to the test. To help you discover the true potential gin has to offer, Tim Phillips, previous World Class Bartender of the Year and owner of Bulletin Place Sydney, has created three gin concoctions with a grapefruit twist.
Start with a bottle of Tanqueray No. Ten gin, and let these recipes inspire your next Friday night drinks in.

1. No.TEN Gin & Tonic

This zesty mix is the ultimate aperitif, offering a simple yet satisfying drink that looks just as good as it tastes. Opt for a statement goblet glass to make this spritzer even more impressive.
1.1 standard drinks
What you'll need
  • 30ml Tanqueray No.TEN gin
  • 150ml Fever Tree Tonic
  • 1 wedge pink grapefruit
  • Ice
  • Goblet glass
Method
  1. Prepare glass ahead of time by chilling in your fridge or freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Fill glass to the top with ice and add gin and tonic.
  3. Garnish your drink with a wedge of pink grapefruit and serve.

2. French Gin & Tonic

The French have a way with très magnifique cocktails and this tipple is no exception. Garnished with a sprig of tarragon, this botanical infusion offers an aromatic accompaniment to your entree or main meal. Serve it alongside a hearty herb-packed roast for a refreshing tang.
0.9 standard drinks
What you'll need
  • Ice
  • 30ml Tanqueray London Dry gin
  • 150ml Fever Tree tonic
  • 1 small sprig tarragon
  • Thin slices of white grapefruit
  • Tumbler glass
Method
  1. Prepare glasses by chilling in the fridge or freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Fill glasses to the top with ice, then add gin and tonic.
  3. Garnish with a slice of white grapefruit and a small sprig of tarragon and serve.

3. Tiny TEN

Gin lovers will appreciate this simplistic approach to cocktail hour, stirred to perfection and garnished with grapefruit zest. It's the perfect blend of citrus and herbs and works well as a pre or post-meal palate cleanser.
1.6 standard drinks
What you'll need
  • 30ml Tanqueray No.TEN gin
  • 30ml Belsazar Dry vermouth
  • Grapefruit coin
  • Ice
  • Mixing glass
  • Mini martini glass (or sub for any glass you have)
  • Cocktail strainer
Method
  1. Prepare glass ahead of time by chilling in your fridge or freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Fill mixing glass with ice and add gin and vermouth, then stir to chill and dilute.
  3. Strain into chilled martini glass.
  4. Cut a small circle of grapefruit zest (coin) from the skin of the fruit and place on top of drink. Serve.
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