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.
Tonic water finishes off this mix of vodka, Cynar, mint and lemon.
Calvados & Tonic
A G&T riff with a French twist.
Mexican chile-lime salt adds a pop of spice to this tangy highball.
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.
A sweet and savory cocktail brightened with tonic water.
Cold-brew and honey boost the classic G&T.
Italian G&T from Whitechapel
The Negroni meets the G&T at Whitechapel in San Francisco.
Koffie & Tonic
Genever warms up this cold-brew and tonic from Singapore.
Kettle Black’s Tequila Cocktail
Tequila and tonic meet bittersweet quina.
This low-ABV cocktail matches dry vermouth with lavender bitters and tonic water.
An effortlessly sessionable cocktail from Tin Tin in Atlanta.
Fresh muddled peach and a splash of Benedictine help sweeten this T&T.
Portuguese Gin & Tonic
The classic G&T gets a Mediterranean twist.
Sherry and Tonic
Gentle enough to sip all afternoon.
Simon’s Gin & Tonic
Why choose between a Martini and Gin & Tonic when you can have both?
Strawberries and Old Tom Gin & Tonic
There’s no forgetting this gorgeous G&T from Sable in Chicago.
The Dutch Connection
This lovely springtime twist on the G&T has a boozy backbone.
Vermut & Tonic
The standard combo benefits from a few extra layers of deliciousness.
White Port and Tonic
A simple low-proof aperitif.