Like the tonic water, garnish choice is also important. In a similar way to the multiple botanicals available to a gin distiller, so there are many options in the choice of a garnish to accompany your drink. Bringing in the flavours and aromas of a garnish will either compliment or contrast with the distilled gin flavours, but also the garnish provides that last flair of aesthetic attraction. There may be no right or wrong, we all have our favourites, and experimenting is key.
Gins can accept many different garnishes but the widely accepted best practice is to either compliment or contrast with the botanical flavours and aromas distilled into the gin. Many gin distillers will offer their recommendations for a garnish that may best accompany their product, but of course we can all try different options and combinations..
Typical is either lime or lemon. Both are tart but generally the lime is a little more bitter in taste and the lemon sweeter. We feel lime has the edge here for most gins, especially Mounters13. Citrus is a good choice for juniper strong gins. A floral gin can be complimented with a herbal garnish, or contrasted with citrus. A spicy gin garnishes well with black pepper corns, cinnamon or chillies. Ultimately, the enjoyment of gin can and should include the search for your own perfect garnish.