April 9 marks a day for celebrations — it’s National Gin and Tonic Day!
What better way to celebrate this holiday than with some gin cocktails? This classic cocktail has been around for centuries. It started as a medicinal prescription and has evolved to become one of the most iconic cocktails.
In the 1700s, a doctor discovered that quinine could treat malaria, and by the end of the 1800s, British soldiers were drinking tonic and gin for their daily dose of the “medicine.” The simple cocktail, while it only has two main ingredients, needs to be made properly. Using high-quality ingredients and making sure the drink is very cold are key to creating the perfect mixture. When it comes to garnishing a G&T, use the botanicals in the gin for guidance.
You can never go wrong with a classic G&T, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up and try out different flavors. Try out this riff on the classic Gin and Tonic and celebrate April 9.
Recipe by LyAnna Sanabria
- 1 1/2 oz. Bimini Coconut Gin
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1 bar spoon Salers Gentian Liqueur
- Top with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
Preparation: Quick shake, strain into Collins glass over fresh ice, top with tonic, garnish with a lemon wheel.
The Low Rider
- 1 1/2 oz. INDOGGO® Gin
- 3 oz. tonic water
- Orange slice garnish
Preparation: Add INDOGGO® and tonic water into a highball glass, filled with ice. Garnish with orange slice.