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Long known for its leading role in the Gin & Tonic, tonic water (and its relatively recent counterpart, tonic syrup) has become a go-to ingredient for bartenders looking to add a bright, bitter edge to cocktails. Here are some recipes that highlight tonic in creative ways.

Albra Cocktail
Tonic water finishes off this mix of vodka, Cynar, mint and lemon.

Damn The Weather’s Winter Spritz
When Barolo Chinato meets the bright spark of cava and bittersweet tonic syrup, a lush bouquet of flavor emerges.

Game Room Highball
This highball brings together a number of seemingly disparate flavors in perfect harmony.

Kettle Black’s Tequila Cocktail
Tequila and tonic meet bittersweet quina.

Lavender Blanc
This low-ABV cocktail matches dry vermouth with lavender bitters and tonic water.

Peach Fever
Fresh muddled peach and a splash of Benedictine help sweeten this T&T.

Portuguese Gin & Tonic
The classic G&T gets a Mediterranean twist.

Green Goddess
A sweet and savory cocktail brightened with tonic water.

Honeyed CG&T 
Cold-brew and honey boost the classic G&T.

Mexican chile-lime salt adds a pop of spice to this tangy highball.

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