Unmistakably Summer: How Tanqueray Continues to be the Standard of Excellence for Your Warm Weather Cocktail Program

By Christopher Metler

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Ah, the Gin & Tonic.

A universally favoured highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over ice, it’s not just one of the most iconic drinks there is, if you ask us, it’s in many ways the consummate summer drink, period. And no, not just because of its unquestioned thirst-quenching capabilities.

It’s easy to make — simply add one part gin and top with three parts tonic as you see fit.

It’s portable — owing to its simple two-ingredient recipe, crafting this cocktail ahead of time is a walk in the park for anyone looking to bring something to a party.

But, in a category of novelty and new, which gin should you favour in your G&T, whether relaxing on a boat, unwinding by the beach or simply sipping in your backyard?

With a commitment to exquisite quality and time-honoured trust, Tanqueray’s pedigree in excellence can be traced back to the 1830s when it was created by Charles Tanqueray, and has been the spirit of choice for many a gin enthusiast. 

For his part Tanqueray admittedly experimented with many ingredients, tasting the finest botanicals from all around the world, before ultimately employing the four finest — juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice — to create the classic Tanqueray London Dry Gin. And sire enough, in the nearly two centuries that have followed since Tanqueray’s inception, innovation, passion and bold ideas have remained at the forefront of everything Tanqueray does.  

This summer, take your Gin & Tonic on a journey to the exotic east with Tanqueray Malacca — complex and tropical, with a blend of floral and spice. Based on a handwritten recipe in Charles Tanqueray’s notebook, and originally introduced as a quote-unquote wetter alternative to the London Dry, it’s produced with a selection of flavourful botanicals that add a hint of mischievous charm to any libation.

For gin enthusiasts, this is a long-awaited revival of much-beloved style. Indeed, Tanqueray Malacca is a smooth and complex gin with less juniper emphasis and a focus on spicier notes (specifically, peppercorn and clove) than the classic style, rendering it ideal for mixing in cocktails.

Or, treat yourself to a smooth and sophisticated super-premium gin — a classic, really. At the heart of Tanqueray No. Ten, you’ll find an exceptional spirit that has been made using whole citrus fruit (none of the dried stuff), distilled four times with the brand’s four trademark botanicals with the addition of citrus and chamomile flowers in the Tiny Ten, the still from which the liquid gets its name.

The lone gin to be retired to the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Hall of Fame, Tanqueray No. Ten was designed to fashion a most extraordinary dry martini given its incredible smoothness. And though all of the Tanqueray variants can be mixed with tonic water, each also has other flavourful serves and ways to enjoy which helps differentiate between them. In the case of Tanqueray No. Ten, a simple grapefruit twist can be added as a garnish to enhance its bouquet of fresh citrus notes, making it a truly refreshing summer spirit.

There are lots of options for people to try new cocktails, especially as we bask in the glory of warm weather conditions. Nothing beats sitting beneath the sun among friends and sipping on a glass of something cold, whether you prefer a new twist or an old classic. Infused with the spirit of ingenuity, and boasting passion and attention to detail in perfect measure, the spirit of the summer is unmistakably Tanqueray.

Elevate Your Cocktail

Serve this Tanqueray Martinez the next time you have your guests over.


  • 1.5 oz. Tanqueray Malacca gin
  • 1 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • 0.5 oz. Cherry liqueur
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and diluted (about 20-25 rotations)
  2. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Top with a thin lemon peel and express the oils over the top of the glass before adding to the cocktail.

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