The ubiquitous Gin & Tonic. It’s all about balance, flavor and simplicity. We love the original, but we love a creative riff just as much. With so many different kinds of gins on the market today (not to mention glassware, garnishes and fresh ingredients), it’s inspiring to see how this classic highball recipe has become the foundation for so many creative variations. As always, Top Note Tonic reminds you to please drink responsibly.
Add depth of flavor by infusing gin with your favorite herbs, spices and more. At Wisconsin’s Maxwell Mansion, you’ll find a plethora of unique infusions like Evan Knutson’s Gin & Tonic, which features a house-infused sage gin.
The G&T takes well to the addition of sugar, especially when balanced out with a squeeze of citrus.
Simple syrup is - you guessed it - the simplest way to add sweetness to a cocktail, and tea is one of our favorite ways to infuse flavor into a simple syrup (bonus: if you use a teabag, the cleanup is a breeze). In Rachel Miller’s Gin & Tonic, she combines the sugar and citrus into an aromatic and versatile lemon cordial. If you’d rather let someone else do the syrup-making legwork for you, we recommend Royal Rose, an East-coast company that produces a wide range of classic and uniquely-flavored syrups perfect for cocktails.
With the rise in popularity for zero-proof drinking options, non-alcoholic spirits are becoming more ubiquitous. Seedlip’s Garden & Tonic exemplifies how drinking a spirit-free cocktail can be a special and delicious experience without the annoying next-day hangover.
There is no doubt the Spanish have had a tremendous influence on this style of cocktail, the Spanish G&T really does take what seems like a lowly 1950's call drink and make it modern.