Floral liqueur adds a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic.
I love G and Ts. They are a summer go-to for me both at home and when I visit a restaurant or bar.
In an unspeakably bold move, I chose to try out the additional ingredients path. Life is short, right? I went the sweet route and tried the Elderflower Liqueur. It works very well with the bitter of the tonic and the aromatic flavor of the Gin. I tried it with several Gins and liked the effect with Plymouth Gin and Bombay Sapphire the best.
Of course, a Gin and Tonic is highly customizable. Make it the way you like. Experiment with various Gins and Tonics.
- 1-1/2 oz Gin I preferred Plymouth Gin
- 3/4 oz Elderflower Liqueur I used St. Germain
- 4 oz Tonic Water I like Q Tonic Water best
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Add Gin and Elderflower Liqueur to the Collins glass.
- Add ice to fill about 2/3 of the glass, then top off with the Tonic Water.
- It’s a good idea to give a bit of a stir to the ingredients with a bar spoon, but not vigorous enough to flush the bubbles out of the tonic.
- Garnish drink with a lime wedge.
I don't know what it takes to become a professional mixologist, but I'm going to night school at my own home bar to achieve that status. For now, I'm an amateur cocktail creator who enjoys learning about new drinks and rediscovering the classics.