Saturday Spirits: Herbal Gin and Tonic

Gin and Tonic - Perfect Summer Sipper

I think Gin and Tonic is the perfect summer sipper. I’ve never been a huge fan of the classic itself with just gin and tonic, but adding in a few elements that bring out the flavors of the gin and I’m THERE. My favorite thing about this drink is that it can easily be made in a batch and served at a dinner alfresco. The directions below will have a batch and single drink version of this cocktail.

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic

Cucumbers, Citrus, & Herbs Gin and Tonic

 

This drink may be served over ice or straight up. I personally enjoy it over ice on a very hot day. You can mix and match the herbs that you use in this drink from what is available. I used Thyme and Basil, but you could also do some Rosemary, Mint, or Sage to complement the other flavors in this beverage.

Single Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Ingredients & Tools:

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  • 1 Shaker with ice, strainer, & muddler*
  • 3-4 slices cucumber (extra for garnish)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lime squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the wedges in the drink before straining as well
  • Juice of 1 lemon squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the half in the drink before straining as well
  • 2-4 springs of fresh herbs- I used Basil and Thyme
  • 1 1/4 oz Gin
  • 3-4 oz of Tonic
  • Glassware of choice – I chose a collins glass* with ice

Single Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Directions:

  1. Place 3-4 slices of cucumber and herbs in cocktail shaker. Squeeze lemon and add into the shaker. Squeeze lime and add into the shaker.
  2. Muddle the cucumber, herbs, lemon, and lime until the natural juices are released and you can smell the herbs.
  3. Pour in simple syrup & gin. Add ice and SHAKE.
  4. Strain the mixture into your glass of choice.
  5. Top with tonic, give it a little stir, garnish and enjoy!

 

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic from A Well Crafted Party

 

Batch Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Ingredients & Tools:

(Serves 8)

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 muddler*
  • Fine mesh strainer*
  • 1 full cucumber sliced (slice some extra for garnish)
  • 8 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of 4 limes squeezed fresh- you’ll throw 2 limes in the mixture before straining as well
  • Juice of 6-8 lemons squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the 2 lemons in the mixture before straining as well
  • 10-12 springs of fresh herbs- I used Basil and Thyme
  • 10 oz Gin
  • bottles or cans of Tonic on side
  • Pitcher*
  • Collins glasses with ice & cucumber slices as garnish

Batch Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Directions:

  1. In a bowl place the cucumber slices, herbs, lemons, limes, lemon juice, and lime juice. Muddle well. This will take some time because there is just so much there!
  2. Once you smell the herbs and everything looks well muddled, add in the simple syrup and gin. Let the batch sit together for about 30 minutes to really incorporate.
  3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher.
  4. Serve along side collins glasses filled with ice and garnished with cucumber.
  5. To serve, pour about 3 oz of the mixture into the glass and then top with tonic water. Give it a little stir and enjoy!

 

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic from A Well Crafted Party

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