Refresh Yourself with Gin and Tonic

Summer’s Best Gin and Tonic Recipes

Nothing takes the edge off of the mid-summer heat like a crisp, refreshing gin and tonic. Check out our original recipes created by our staff members Laura Mooney, Erik Guzinski, and Sara Sparks. We are also sharing exclusive gems from New York City’s preeminent gin and tonic establishment, Cata. As the summer heats persists, keep cool with Nature’s ultimate thirst-quencher.

A Bitter, Earthy, Savory Gin and Tonic Cocktail:

1.5 oz. Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin

.75 oz. Bittermen’s Commonwealth

.5 oz. Uncouth Vermouth Apple Mint

4 oz. (or to your liking) Fever Tree Tonic Water

Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig


A Floral, Semi-sweet, Aromatic Gin and Tonic Cocktail:

1.5 oz. Xoriguer Gin de Mahon

.5 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth

A few drops of Bittermen’s Lavender Bitters

Garnish with lemon peel

*can be served straight up, or on the rocks with tonic, as preferred*


Tiki Sidecar

1 oz. Letherbee Vernal Gin

1 oz. Luxardo Maraschino

.5 oz. lemon juice

.5 oz. pineapple juice

2 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Dandelion and Burdock Bitters

Build the drink in a Boston shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Serve up in a coupe glass.

This is my Tiki Bar variation of a sidecar. I chose the Letherbee Vernal Gin because the tropical flavors in the spirit scream out for a citrus pairing. The Luxardo Marascino in place of orange liqueur provides an earthier middle ground for the other ingredients. The bitters provide a savory lift and gorgeous aromatics. -EG

Letherbee Gin For Gin and Tonic Cocktails

World’s Easiest G&T

1.5 oz.Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin
4 oz. Fevertree Elderflower Tonic Water

Fill a rocks glass with ice, and add the gin and tonic. Use a fresh rosemary stalk to stir.

The Greenhook Gin is a world-class gin, made right in our own backyard (Greenpoint, Brooklyn). Its floral and citrus notes are perfect to craft the gin and tonic of your choice. I chose the Fever Tree Elderflower for its floral tones and ease of drinkability. Add a stalk of fresh rosemary to for herbaceous and fun flavors. -EG

A Modern (or Classic-ish) Vesper

2.5 oz. Plymouth Gin
1 oz. vodka; Russian Diamond Vodka is my choice
.25 oz. Laurent Cazzote Elderflower Liqueur (for something closer to a classic approach, use Lillet)
Twist of lemon peel

Yes, this drink was made famous by Mr. James Bond in Casino Royale. You’ll love the contrast of the soft, round gin with the sharper notes from the vodka. I gave it a modern twist by swapping the traditional white Lillet for the LC Elderflower. It gives your cocktail a touch of summer sweetness and a gorgeous red hue. Insist on being old school? Try it with Lillet. Use a vegetable peeler for your lemon twist, and avoid the pith at all costs. -EG

Simple and Sweet

1 oz. Dillons Rose liqueur

1 oz. Pimm’s Cup

Dry tonic

Garnish with a lime peel or wedge.

I think that this will taste pretty awesome. If your drink is too sweet, squeeze a bit of lime or add a splash of gin with botanicals, like Hendrick’s, to complement the liqueur. -SS

From Cata Restaurant:

The ratios of ingredients are to taste.

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