Gin Tonique

Gin ToniqueContinuing to be inspired by the Mezcal Tonique, I have been playing around more with tonic syrup as an ingredient in a non-bubbly cocktail. This ended up being something of a variant on the Martinez and nicely straddled the line between rich and refreshing. As in a Martinez, adding some orange bitters could be helpful.

2.0 oz gin (New Amsterdam)
0.5 oz Lillet
0.5 oz Luxardo
0.5 oz tonic syrup (Tomr's)
Stir with ice and strain

The major impression is of ripe stone fruit with lots of apricot and roasty/oxidized flavors. The noise is lighter; floral and grape/lychee. This starts off sweet, and I was worried it might get cloying, but then the bitterness kicked in and balanced it out. So, not this cocktail isn’t balanced all at once, but becomes so over the course of the sip. The gin, despite its volume, is really a background player here, but addsneeded clarity. I previously made a version with just 1.5 oz gin, but I like this version bettter, as it’s more open.

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Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic

A warm weather classic and one of the safest things to order a wedding reception (experts* agree that the Jack and Coke is perhaps the most durable choice at the wedding, hotel, or airplane). That said, it’s kind of annoying to keep tonic water at home unless you’re having a party or drinking it every day. You could keep small bottles of tonic on hand, but unless they’re precisely the amount you want, there’s still like 2 oz of left over tonic water—that’s the sort of thing that makes me twitchier than it really useful.

Thus, it was revolutionary for me when I discovered tonic syrup. Tonic is just a soda and, like all soda, is easiest to store and tastiest to drink when the syrup and the soda water is kept separately and combined à la minute. Sure the contents of a seltzer bottle don’t always line up with my cocktail needs, but I’m much happier to just drink the rest by itself or use it for some other warm-weather cocktail. I’ve tried both Tomr’s and Jack Rudy and would happily recommend both.

2 oz gin (New Amsterdam)
1 oz tonic syrup (Jack Rudy)
4 oz seltzer

Stir gin, syrup, and ice in a collins glass
Add seltzer to cover and stir gently to combine
Garnish with a lime wheel (or wedge)

* my drinking companions last time this subject came up