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Frosty Winter DIY Gin & Tonic Bar

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

Christmas is such an incredibly busy time of year, we have so much shopping to do, work functions & parties to attend and friends & relatives to see. There really are just not enough days in December!

If you’re hosting a party, it’s likely you haven’t got a whole heap of time to prep and prepare for your guests. But for sure you’re going to want to spend time with them when they descend!

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

One of the best ways to relieve hostessing duties is to get your friends to fend for themselves. What better way than creating a DIY bar where they can have a ball concocting their own creations?

There are few more classic drinks than the simple yet infamous gin & tonic. They are becoming increasingly more fashionable as I see summery elderflower and festive clementine variations on menus all over London. I used to drink mine with a simple wedge of lemon but soon after I  discovered the summery wonder of a cucumber garnish. A few years down the line, I find myself partial to Tanqueray No. 10 gin and it’s perfect garnish, a slice of pink grapefruit.

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

Yet now, I’ve found a new G&T love in the form of botanical infusions. Honestly, my mind is blown, I’m already designing a whole drinks trolley dedicated to them!

They couldn’t be simpler to make. The idea is you infuse your gin with an ingredient such as star anise or cardamom for a few minutes before adding your chosen tonic and a complementary garnish.

We’ve seen mimosa and prosecco bars popping up all over Pinterest so why not try a new twist with a DIY gin & tonic bar this Christmas?

Gin and Tonic Infusion Set

Thank you to Sous Chef for providing a complimentary gin infusion kit for this bar. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Botanics for G&T

There are so many different botanicals out there that you can choose from! You don’t want the bar to get too congested though so I’d advise keeping choices to a minimum.

I used this fabulous gin and tonic infusion kit from Sous Chef. It includes four botanicals, a guide detailing how to serve the different flavours and a spiral stirring spoon. I’d definitely recommend buying a kit. Not only will you get expert advice on flavour pairings, but you’ll save a ton of precious time as the ingredients are all sorted for you.

Gin and Tonic Infusion Set

These are the four botanicals included with the infusion kit.

  • Rose petals
  • Cardamom
  • Star Anise
  • Timut Pepper

I have to say, I loved them all. The star anise, served with a twist of orange peel, is definitely the most festive of the four, bringing that fabulous feel of Christmas. My absolute favourite though is the most obscure – at least I’ve never seen timut pepper in the spice aisle! With a wonderful citrus scent, it pairs well with any of the zesty fruits, but I think a slice of pink grapefruit really sets it off. I actually can’t even describe how much I love it. Even the smell of the pepper gets me reaching for the Copa de Balon.

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

Best Glasses for G&T

Which brings me nicely to choosing the best glasses for your infusion. I’ve always drunk my gin and tonics from a highball glass. However, the infusion kit recommended drinking these from a balloon glass.

As gin becomes more and more fashionable, I’ve started to see these glasses pop up all over the place, so I grabbed myself some of these crystal balloon glasses. I really do think that drinks taste better out of crystal – the thin rim of the glass pairs so perfectly with the ice cold tonic cocktail to create the most refreshing bevvie!

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

If you love gin, I’d definitely recommend investing in some of these glasses. I’ve used them countless times the past month… more than I’d care to admit!

Best Tonic for G&T

The infusion guide included with the set tells all about which gin pairs nicely with each infusion, be they spicy, floral or citrusy.

But since such a large percentage of your drink is the mixer, it only seems fitting to choose the best for your infused concoction!

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

I was super excited to try this new 1783 premium tonic water from Schweppes. They certainly did not disappoint. The new bottle design is so elegant and these just look fantastic lining the bar. For this infusion party, I served the crisp classic tonic and the lighter version, opting for the simpler flavours to let the botanicals really shine.

Although it doesn’t end there! Schweppes have introduced flavoured tonics into their premium 1783 range so you can also get your mitts on cucumber, floral and lemon & salt versions. I think I’ll try these in a more classic version of a G&T.

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

Shop the Frosty Look

I had such fun putting together this highland winter wonderland inspired bar-scape. It’s especially trendy this year, in fact, the idea sprung from some wrapping paper I fell in love with! So you should have no trouble tracking down some frosty decorations.

Here’s where I shopped to create this wintery DIY gin bar 

Gin Infusion Kit • Tablecloth • Gin Copa Glasses Bell Jar Green Glitter Baubles

DIY Gin and Tonic Bar

So whether you’re hosting a party and want to serve these for your guests, have someone in your life that LOVES a good G&T or just want to gift a present from you, to you this Christmas, I can’t recommend this gin infusion kit enough! Go and pop some in your basket for you, your best friend, your mother-in-law… in fact maybe this is your one-stop shop for all your gifts this year!!!

Which botanical infusion appeals to you the most? Let us know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a very Merry gin-filled Christmas and a fantastic start to 2018.

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

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Gin & Tonic Infusion Bar

9 Comments
  1. This is the prettiest winter drink bar and those drinks look and sound amazing. Now, I’m anxious to have guests over and mix up some fun drinks.

  2. Tori, this is just absolutely beautiful! So inviting and love the colors you used!! Cheers to you!!

  3. Tori I love this table design! The birch tree backdrop is beautiful and while I don’t drink, these flavor pairings look amazing! I’d like to try out a few non-alcoholic infusions!!

    • Thanks so much Bri! The backdrop is actually a tablecloth, I’m all about repurposing! I think these would work equally well with just the tonic water – after all, it makes up over 3/4 of the classic G&T! Have a fab Christmas 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh this is so wonderful!! Thank you!! I’ve always wanted to know better how to serve these!!

  5. This is a fabulous idea! You made it look very easy to set up my very own G & T bar for our Christmas Eve celebration!

    • Yes! Do it 🙂 even if you just pick one or two festive infusions to keep it simple. Have a fab Christmas 😁

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