We love a great tonic water, but it’s increasingly difficult to find one, even though it seems that every week there’s another producer of tonic water popping up.Our issue with the new garde of tonic waters is that they just aren’t tonic-y enough. We figure that it’s because there’s only so much bitterness that you can extract without using a bit of alcohol. Sure, if you’re making a soft drink, that’s a no-no, but we think that tonic water is at its finest when combined with some gin and a couple of cubes of ice.Combine three quarters of Commonwealth, an ounce and a half of your favorite London Dry Gin and 4-5 ounces of soda water to make what we think is the perfect gin and tonic.
Available in 375ml cork topped bottles
UPC Code: 0-608866-961925
1 1/2 oz of London Dry Gin (Both Tanqueray and Beefeater work beautifully here)
3/4 oz Commonwealth Tonic Cordial
5 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
4 ounces of soda water
This recipe makes a very bitter, very dry gin and tonic, just the way we like it. Now, you can certainly play around with the formula… Dropping the Commonwealth Tonic Cordial to 1/2 oz and adding in 1/4 oz of simple syrup makes for a very well balanced variant as well. We’ve even been known to throw a few dashes of maraschino into the glass to bring a bit more complexity.
Mayur Subbarao’s interpretation of a Vesper
2 1/4 oz Plymouth Gin
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Bittermens Commonwealth Tonic Cordial
Stir and serve up in a coupe glass with a lemon twist