If you love gin and tonics, this frozen gin and tonic recipe will be your new favorite cocktail! It will get you through hot summer days. This drink is made with lime juice, gin, tonic, and a little cucumber. It’s super refreshing, full of flavor, and easy to make!
I had my first frozen gin and tonic at Leon’s in Charleston years ago! They have them in a slushie machine, ready to serve up whenever you need to cool down!
Now that we live in the south, I’ve seen them everywhere! They’re very popular here, as are most frozen drinks. Come summer, everyone wants something cold to sip to cool off from the southern heat! The perfect summer cocktail recipe.
Before we dive into making this delicious cocktail, let’s talk a little about what a gin and tonic are and the history of the cocktail!
What is a gin and tonic?
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As the name implies, a gin and tonic is a cocktail made by mixing tonic water and gin. You can alter the ratio depending on your personal taste, the strength of the gin, and any other drink mixtures you’re using. Most people prefer a 1:1 or 1:3 ratio of gin to tonic water.
How to Make a Frozen Gin and Tonic
In this post, we will cover everything you need to know for making frozen gin and tonics. From ingredient notes to answering frequently asked questions and sharing tips for recipe success!
If you want to skip the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card. You will find measurements and step-by-step instructions for making this delicious cocktail!
For this frozen gin and tonic recipe, you’ll need a blender, citrus squeezer, and measuring cups.
- Lime Juice – Only use fresh lime juice when making this recipe. The tartness of the lime balances out the drink’s overall flavor. It also adds a hint of sweetness and its acidity helps to release more of the botanical notes from the gin
- Gin – This juniper-forward spirit gives the cocktail its signature taste and aroma. The botanical notes of the gin combine with other ingredients like lime juice and tonic water to create a unique, complex flavor profile that’s perfect for making a frozen G+T.
- Tonic Water – This adds sweetness, bubbles, and a hint of bitterness to the cocktail. The quinine in tonic water also gives the drink its distinctive bitter taste while adding depth and complexity to the flavor profile.
- Cucumber – We add a little cucumber into this recipe for the ultimate freshness flavor! You can also use cantaloupe if you have that on hand.
- Simple Syrup – This is used to sweeten the drink. Simple syrup is diluted sugar and blends nicely with the other ingredients.
- Ice – Used to thicken the drink and give it a frozen texture.
Although a traditional gin and tonic do not contain simple syrup, we have it in this recipe to bring out the flavors of the ingredients. When blended with ice, ingredients can be diluted and flavors more subtle. It’s also very bitter without the simple syrup.
To make this frozen gin and tonic, you’ll squeeze some limes, slice cucumbers, and add everything into a blender. Blend until perfectly smooth and then pour into an old-fashioned glass with a straw!
Quick tip – If you’re not using it right away, store the slushie in the freezer, just leave it in the blender container, and then pour it into glasses when ready to serve.
Add a little lime zest to give it an even more zesty lime flavor.
When to Serve Frozen Gin and Tonics
Here’s when to serve a fun frozen cocktail:
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Frozen Gin and Tonics
- 1/4 cup cucumber, about 5 slices that are cut 1/2" thick.
- 4 ounces gin
- 2 ounces lime juice, fresh-squeezed
- 4 ounces tonic water
- 2 ounces simple syrup
- 2 1/2 cups ice
- First, squeeze the limes for the juice. Using fresh lime juice is a must when creating cocktails.
- Slice about five 1/2″ thick pieces of cucumber.
- Next, add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!
- Pour into an old-fashioned glass.