Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

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Spanish G&T

Spanish G&T

The Spanish G&T is all about the garnish. The possibilities are endless, but the idea is to choose garnishes that complement both the gin and the tonic.

London Dry and other juniper-forward gin's pair well with Classic Tonic, fresh herbs, citrus, and juniper berries. American and other floral-forward gins take well to Indian Tonic and fresh seasonal fruits and edible flowers.

Spanish G&T Recipe:

2 oz gin

4 oz tonic*

2 dashes bitters

Squeeze lemon

Cucumber slice (3)

Juniper Berry  (3) and or Red Peppercorn (3)

Lemon peel

Add Gin, Bitters, Cucumber, Juniper, Lemon Juice, and Peppercorns to a balloon glass. Add ice and stir. Slowly pour in tonic on side of glass. Carefully lift and stir. Spritz with the lemon peel and drop peel in glass.

Serve with or without a straw.

White Port & Tonic

White Port & Tonic

This simple classic Portuguese apéritif is perfect for happy hour. No fancy bar tools necessary!

White Port & Tonic Recipe:

4 oz white port wine

.5 oz lemon juice

4 oz Top Note Indian Tonic or Bitter Lemon Tonic

Optional 2 dashes bitters of your choice

Garnish: fresh citrus and herbs

Stir ingredients together with ice and garnish.

Katie Stryjewski’s Travel Insurance

Katie Stryjewski’s Travel Insurance

This simple 3-ingredient cocktail is deceptively complex and definitely elegant, featuring top notes of lemon and bergamot and a fruity earthiness courtesy of rhum agricole.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Katie and keep up with her on Instagram.

Katie Stryjewski’s Travel Insurance Recipe:

1.5 oz rhum agricole

.5 oz Italicus

3.5 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: dehydrated lime slice

Build in a Collins or highball glass over ice, top with Tonic Water, and garnish.

Caffè Spritz

Caffè Spritz

Give your coffee routine a European twist! This Espresso & Tonic variation combines two classic Italian libations - espresso and the Spritz cocktail. Perfect for summer sipping and fancy brunching.

Caffè Spritz Recipe:

2 oz freshly brewed espresso or cold brew concentrate

5 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: orange wedge

Add Tonic Water to an ice-filled glass (we like a wine glass for an authentic Italian Spritz experience, but any glass will do), then slowly pour in the coffee. Garnish.

Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball

Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball

“All this thinking about Negroni’s led me to want to make a Negroni highball!” - Emily Vikre

Read our Q&A with Emily to learn more about her journey into the world of cocktails, distilling, and - you guessed it - Negroni’s!

Image credit: Emily Vikre


Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball Recipe:

1 oz Vikre Distillery Gin

3/4 oz Vikre Distillery Amaro (or Campari)

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water, to top

Garnish: orange twist, optional

Combine the spirits in a highball glass with ice, top with Bitter Lemon, and stir gently. Garnish if desired.

Spiced Orange Spritz

Spiced Orange Spritz

Make this mimosa riff at your next brunch gathering for a zero-proof companion to clear minds and clean plates.

Spiced Orange Spritz Recipe:

1.5 oz Royal Rose Cardamom Clove Syrup

1 oz lemon juice

2 oz orange juice

3 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water, chilled

Garnish: star anise, freshly-grated cinnamon

Stir all ingredients together in a chilled flute glass and garnish.

Grown-Up Shirley Temple

Grown-Up Shirley Temple

The zero-proof Shirley Temple has many variations, but ultimately it’s reputation as a cloyingly sweet pink drink made exclusively for kids prevails across each one.

In this recipe, we’ve updated the classic for kids AND kids at heart. We’ve eliminated the sugary soda, upped the acidity, and added a bitter element all while keeping the original flavor profile front and center.

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the cherries!

Grown-Up Shirley Temple Recipe:

.75 oz grenadine

.5 oz lime juice

4.25 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

2.5 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

1 tsp maraschino cherry juice

Garnish: maraschino cherries

Stir all ingredients together in a glass filled with ice and garnish.

I'm Not Bitter, You're Bitter

I'm Not Bitter, You're Bitter

A G&T with a bittersweet Spanish twist.

I'm Not Bitter, You're Bitter Recipe:

1.5 oz Spanish gin

.25 oz Spanish vermouth

4 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: seasonal fruits and/or herbs

Stir ingredients together in a Copa de Balon or other wine glass and garnish as desired.

Bitter Arnie

Bitter Arnie

A refreshing spin on the classic Arnold Palmer.

Bitter Arnie Recipe:

4 oz black tea, chilled

.5 oz honey syrup

.25 oz lemon juice

4 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: lemon wedge

Stir all ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Fallin' For You

Fallin' For You

This fall-forward recipe is spiced deeply enough for even the most diehard of PSL fans, yet refreshing and bright enough for those who tend to be turned off by all things pumpkin-flavored.

Fallin' For You Recipe:

1.5 oz Great Lakes Distillery Seasonal Pumpkin Spirit

.5 oz allspice dram

3 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: expressed lemon peel

Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Rum & Tonic

Rum & Tonic

Rum & Tonic may not be as well-known as some other classic highballs, but this underdog is surprisingly delicious and can be enjoyed in a multitude of combinations. See below for our suggestions, but you do you!

Rum & Tonic Recipe:

2 oz rum*

4 oz tonic*

Garnish: fresh citrus

Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled glass and garnish.

*Rum and Tonic Pairings:

Rosé Spritz

Rosé Spritz

Use up an open bottle of sparkling rosé with this simple spritz recipe.

Rosé Spritz Recipe:

.5 oz sweet vermouth

3 oz sparkling rosé wine

3 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

Garnish: fresh citrus peel

Stir ingredients together in a wine glass and garnish.

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