Spruced up with a charred orange juice instead of lime and a sprig of sage, this winter gin and tonic is the same refreshing drink that we all love, but with some warmer flavors for the winter months.
For whatever reason, gin makes us think of the coldest days of winter and the hottest days of summer. We just tried D. George Benham’s Gin Sonoma Dry Gin and while it would make quite the refreshing gin summer punch, it also is great in our winter gin and tonic.
This bold, rich bottle is loaded with lemon notes and is infused with 12 botanicals, each individually vapor distilled. Made in Graton, California, Benham’s Gin uses locally-grown Meyer Lemons and Buddha’s Hand to give it its vibrant notes.
Because of its beautiful aromas, we didn’t want this gin to hide in an overly-complex cocktail. Instead we decided to feature it in a simple gin and tonic. Instead of lime, this G and T gets its citrus from warm, sweet charred orange wedges and gets an extra dose of earthy flavor from a sprig of sage.
- 3 ounces of D. George Benham's Sonoma Dry Gin
- 2 charred wedges of orange (We charred ours under the broiler, but they can also be charred with a blow torch.), one to squeeze into the drink and one to garnish with
- 1 sage plume
- Fill a highball or rocks glass with ice. (We used a large ice sphere so the ice would melt slower and the drink would not be watered down.)
- Top with gin, a squeeze of the orange wedge and tonic.
- Garnish with orange wedge and sage.