M&S Gin & Tonic in a CAN – Safety Warning

Gin, a little passion of mine. Tonic, I flirt with now and again. There comes some occassions when I just don’t want a ‘strong/hard’ cocktail, and I just need something to unwind with. A glass of wine might suffice, but sometimes a spirit balance is needed.

M&S G&TThe issue is, in my day to day job it is apparently unacceptable to drink cocktails at my desk. Therefore when I left work the other evening and had to get the train from London back to London, I couldn’t whip up a Negroni whilst sat on the train.

Instead, I had to call on a little British institution called Marks & Spencers (AKA M&S) to supply my evening refreshments. Off I trundle into the Euston station M&S, and after picking up some form of carbohydrate laden salad I spotted the Gin and Tonic and knew it just had to be done.

Perhaps that wasn’t the best idea. It looked OK, it said it was a Gin and Tonic, containing ‘over two and a half measures’. I opened up this little treat on the train, feeling smug that the lady next to me was having a burger and coke and I got to have a refined evening tipple.

Except, the thing is the drink is bloody FOUL. Why you might ask? How could they get Gin & Tonic wrong? I guess the fact I was drinking it from a can, with no ice may not have helped – but they are aware of that. The drink itself is very sweet, and the tonic felt a bit too tangy. Combined with it being warm, and rather unpleasant I think I’d rather had a warm glass of white wine than the G&T!

It appears I’m not the only one to have noticed this, Douglas Blyde / @FoodGuardian a man known for his good taste in wine and food gave a rather to the point view of the drink:

M&S’ G&T is horrific – confected, unbalanced, overly sweet http://twitpic.com/2ie82jless than a minute ago via Twitpic


  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve had the M&S Harvey Wallbanger on a few occasions and that too is quite sweet. If I remember rightly, it contains vodka, orange juice and ‘flavourings’ and is only drinkable when it’s icy cold.

    I shudder to think how grim their Pina Colada is. That’s definitely a cocktail in a can too far for me.

  2. Neil says:

    They do other ones?

    I’m sure I have absolutely no desire to purchase any more of their range!

  3. Ellie says:

    Drinks on trains should always be Tesco lager. Even hardened gin drinkers admit that!

  4. Jo says:

    M & S Pina coladas in a can are absolutely fantastic. Spot on. Enjoy.

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