|Tanqueray gin at a media event, Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney, George Street|
Keep an eye out for the classy billboards and taxi adverts, or indeed, throughout November in Sydney, the Tanqueray Fleet of London black cabs that you may well be able to hail to start the night out.
|Tanqueray and tonic|
The glassware apparently brings out the botanical flavours of the gin, and keeps the drink cooler for longer with the addition of lots of ice.
|Tanqueray brand ambassador Barry Chalmers|
|Tanqueray gin kit|
A classic T&T ('recipe' at the bottom of this post) will have Tanqueray gin, of course, ice, tonic water and a lime wedge squeezed and for garnish. Bartenders are now riffing on the classic with their own tonics and ideas on garnishes for T&Ts with a twist.
Huge blocks of hand-chipped ice are all the rage with bartenders nowadays, and is rather gorgeous in a rocks glass and a nip of your poison of choice.
|Barry's Bespoke Tonic|
Taking it a step further, Chalmers has concocted his own Barry's Bespoke Tonic especially for the Tanqueray event, using quinine, grapefruit and lime zest, lemongrass stalks, rose water, orange blossom water, sugar and citric acid.
|Lime wedges and other garnishes|
|Mint leaves and other garnishes|
On offer for our session was lemon and lime, an assortment of berries, ruby grapefruit, cucumber, mint and coriander.
|My bespoke Tanqueray and tonic|
I'm not sure that the whole blueberries added much to taste, but Barry's Bespoke Tonic was a real flavour sensation. Who would have thought that a T&T I made myself would be the best one I've sipped to date (thanks Barry!).
Throughout the T&T session we were responsibly served canapes from Zeta Bar, including a deliciously stunning, tongue-numbing gin and tonic sorbet.
|White anchovy on crispy bread, onion puree|
|Duck rillettes en croute, cornichons and caper mayonnaise|
|Tartlet of spanner crab with pickled mango|
|Compressed rockmelon, asparagus & tomato relish|
|Prawn tempura, preserved lemon mayonnaise|
|Goat's cheese tartlet with pickled vegetables|
|Mushroom arancini with garlic sauce|
|Sesame crusted tuna with babaganoush crispy crostini|
|Tanqueray and tonic sorbet|
|Custom Tanqueray and tonic glasses|
The Classic Tanqueray & Tonic - recipe (1 standard drink):30ml measure of Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Premium quality tonic water
Fresh lime wedge and a lime wheel
Fill the glass two-thirds with ice. Place a lime wheel on top and pour 30ml of Tanqueray through the lime. Follow it through with tonic, then take the lime wedge, rim the glass, squeeze the drink.
|Tanqueray ice display|
Food, booze and shoes attended the Tanqueray event as a guest, with thanks to One Green Bean.