Gin and tonic advice during the coronavirus crisis

Gin and tonic advice during the coronavirus crisis

Here’s the advice we gave gin and tonic drinkers at the start of the Covid crisis back in 2020. Most is still true.

Coronavirus or Covid gin and tonic basics

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Make sure you rinse your hands thoroughly because a soapy G&T is not a good G&T.

And - if you’re wearing a mask - remember to take it off while you're drinking your G&T.


  • A very good quality gin, such as any of the York Gin range. To keep up morale, you don’t want a poor quality gin.
  • Light premium tonic – not too sugary, not too bitter. Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic is ideal in a crisis.
  • At least a couple of large ice cubes (not crushed). This will help you to stay cool.
  • Lemon peel
  • A hi-ball or Copa (balloon) glass – either is perfectly acceptable
  • Cocktail stirrer (or spoon)
  • Just to repeat, make sure you visit the York Gin online shop for some world class gins 


  • Make sure the glass isn’t warm – and put lots of ice in it.
  • Pour in a double gin – you don’t want to stint at this stage.
  • Do not drown the gin with tonic! Start with 50:50 and add to taste.
  • Add the lemon peel.
  • Stir.
  • Drink and enjoy your perfect G&T.
  • Ahhhh! Feel the panic melting away.

Order online

If you’re stuck at home, make sure you order your gin online.

Here are some excellent online shops where you can find York Gin and lots of other brilliant gins:

York Gin

Gin Kiosk

Master of Malt

Juniper Club

Read about gin

Have a read of some other blogs including the best collection of short gin jokes anywhere on the internet.

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A very short history of gin

What is gin: London Dry, Navy Strength, Old Tom, Pink ...

What is the best class for a G&T - Copa or hi-ball?

How to choose the best gin for you

The best garnish for a G&T

Very best of luck!

16th Mar 2020 York Gin

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