9 Food Pairings For Gin and Tonic That Might Surprise You

The craft of pairing food with gin, dubbed ‘ginstronomy’, is gaining in popularity as gastronomes explore matching the complex botanicals of the juniper-based spirit with some of their favourite foods.

There’s a whole world of delicious foods that are just perfect to enjoy with your G&T. Here are 10 foods that are just perfect when paired with Gin.

Smoked salmon

Cold cured smoked salmon, perhaps with a little spicy kick, is a stunning combination with your Gin & Tonic. For that little bit of sharpness, use a smidgen of lemon juice on the fish.

Ricotta Crepes with Smoked Salmon

Ricotta cheese provides an unexpected tenderness to smoked Salmon-filled Crepes.

Cucumber sandwiches

G & T with afternoon tea? Think cucumber sandwiches in particular. If it works in a Hendrick’s, why not on the plate?

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Avocado

Here is a simple recipe for an afternoon tea sandwich or regular sandwich for lunch.

Prawn or Shrimp

Shrimps are just brilliant with a G&T. So is prawn toast with sesame seeds.

Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

Few foods are as personal to me as dumplings, nor as satisfying.

Fish and Chips

This is a bit more counter-intuitive – after all you may be longing for a glass of bubbly but it’s a really refreshing contrast to that rich batter. Gin can take a bit of garlic too if you want to serve a dollop of aioli on the side.

Crispy Fish in Beer Batter and Chips

Make chip shop quality meals in your own home with this quick and simple recipe.

Strong cheese

A well-matured strong cheese with the humble cracker is an under-rated partner for gin. If you want to try something else, a quality goat’s cheese or a smoked cheese balances really well with gin.

Tarts with goats cheese, asparagus and peas

This lovely recipe was created by Nina Timm form My Easy Cooking.

Cured meats

A tapas offering of chorizo or salami served on a platter with good quality olives and crusty bread is an absolute winner for a Friday night gin.

Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

Vibrant, smoky and packed full of spicy flavours, chorizo must leave regular sausages with a bit of an image complex.

Lamb Curry

Okay, so you have to turn the cooker on for this one but it’s so quick and easy that you really don’t have an excuse, even if it is Friday night. Spicy food and refreshing botanicals go great together.

Quick Lamb Curry

Use leftover lamb for this dish and adjust the amount of curry powder to your taste.


One normally find slabs of fennel and liquorice behind the juniper of gin, making it work beautifully with dishes like steamed mussels.

Mussels with wine and chorizo

Looking for a speedy supper?


A light fruit medley of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and a few cranberries for good measure are a real hit with Gin & Tonic.

Deep-Fried Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

These deep-fried strawberry delights are everything you can hope for and more.