National Gin & Tonic Day is coming up on April 9, and we think the best way to celebrate the drink holiday is by raising a glass of the stuff.

While you could simply mix gin with tonic and call it a day, we’re fans of these creative libations that put an inventive twist on the classic cocktail. Mix one of these delicious Gin & Tonic variations at home to show your love for the drink.

The Charleston Affair, hendrick's gin bottle and cocktail

The Charleston Affair

The Charleston Affair

Hendrick’s Gin ambassador Mattias Horseman created this beautiful Highball to be equally interesting and refreshing. The cucumber and rose garnishes bring out the gin’s unique botanicals.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz. Lillet Rosé
  • 1 oz. Tonic Water
  • 1 oz. Fresh Young Coconut Water
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅔ oz. Honey Syrup
  • 1 dash Rose Water
  • Cucumber Slices (to Garnish)
  • Rose Petals (to Garnish)

Preparation: Fill a highball glass to the brim with high-quality ice. Pour ingredients over the ice and mix gently. Garnish with a slice of fresh cucumber and rose petals.


Fortunella, bottle and cocktail with garnishes

Fortunella

Fortunella

Mixologist A-K Hada created this flavorful G&T variation to celebrate the World’s 50 Best Bars 10th anniversary earlier this year. It’s an impressive and refreshing libation to serve as the welcome drink at your next dinner party. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN
  • .5 oz. Contratto Bitter
  • .5 oz. Kumquat Syrup*
  • .5 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 3 oz Tonic
  • Rosemary Sprig (to Garnish)
  • Grapefruit Wheel (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a copa glass over ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and grapefruit wheel.

*Kumquat Syrup

Ingredients: 

  • 285 grams Kumquats
  • 285 grams Simple Syrup

Preparation: Blend equal parts by weight of kumquats and a 1:1 simple syrup with a hand blender. Fine strain, bottle and refrigerate.


em's tonic, cocktail on rocks, cucumber and squash garnish

Em’s Tonic

Photo by Battery Operated Productions

Em’s Tonic

Miami eatery Ariete has a diverse cocktail program that features modern twists on classic drinks. This take on the Gin and Tonic features a homemade cucumber tarragon shrub that’s actually pretty simple to whip up at home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Letherbee Gin
  • .75 oz. Cucumber Tarragon Shrub*
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Honey Syrup
  • .5 oz. Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water
  • Dehydrated Orange Wheel (to Garnish)
  • Cucumber Ribbon (to Garnish)

Preparation: Place all ingredients, except tonic water and garnishes, in a shaker tin with ice, and shake. Pour Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water in the tin. Pour into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and cucumber ribbon, if desired.

*Cucumber Tarragon Shrub 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cucumbers, Sliced
  • 2 Limes, Sliced
  • 5 Tarragon Sprigs
  • 10 Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Water
  • 1 quart Sugar
  • .5 quart Apple Cider Vinegar

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring the temperature down and simmer for 30 minutes. Let rest and cool, then strain.


Berry Nice cocktail on bar with garnish

Berry Nice

Photo by Joanna Lin

Berry Nice

The NYC outpost of Bluebird London dedicates an entire section of their cocktail menu to Gin and Tonics, and this fruit-filled recipe is one of our favorites. A mix of Brockmans Gin and Fever-Tree Indian Tonic is garnished with a bouquet of berries for a simple sipper that’s perfectly refreshing in warmer weather.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Brockmans Gin
  • 4 oz. Fever-Tree Indian Tonic
  • 3 Raspberries
  • 3 Blueberries or Blackberries
  • 3-4 Juniper Berries
  • 1 Dehydrated Grapefruit Slice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients over ice in a wine glass or large goblet.


Roku Gin and Tonic, bottle and cocktail with garnish, lounge area

Roku Gin and Tonic

Roku Gin and Tonic

To celebrate cherry blossom season in Northern California, the St. Regis San Francisco is offering a special “East Meets West” cocktail menu through the month of April. Their Japanese-inspired Roku Gin and Tonic uses a green tea yuzu syrup to give it a bold, citrusy punch.

Ingredients:

  • .75 oz. Green Tea Yuzu Syrup*
  • 2 oz. Roku Gin
  • Tonic Water (to Top)
  • Lemon Rind (to Garnish)
  • Szechuan Pepper (to Garnish)
  • Edible Flower (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine syrup and gin in a balloon glass. Top with tonic water. Float a dash of Szechuan pepper on top and garnish with a lemon rind and edible flower, if desired.

*Green Tea Yuzu Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 6 tbsp. Green Tea Leaves
  • .5 cup Yuzu Juice

Preparation: Add sugar and water to a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add green tea and yuzu juice, and mix over low heat to combine. Strain the mix and allow to cool before use.