Two Ways to Celebrate Gin & Tonic Day!
Any day is a good day to celebrate Gin & Tonic day in my opinion, but today just happens to be the day!
One of my all time favourite cocktails to make, whether it’s a relaxed evening at home, hanging out in the backyard soaking up the sun and BBQ or entertaining friends, this cocktail never gets old. Probably because there are endless ways to play around with this combo.
Herbs, spices, florals, fruits, sweet, savoury, it’s hard to go wrong! But if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I’ve got you covered. I’ve partnered with my personal favourite, Eau Claire Distillery to bring you a Spring Inspired Gin & Tonic using their award winning Parlour Gin and a classic Tom Collins with their Cherry Gin. Their parlour gin is a London-dry gin with a beautiful botanical finishes, hints of rosehip, Saskatoon berry, coriander, lemon, orange, mint and spice. They are located just down the road from me in Turner Valley, and I swear I’m not biased for that reason but they’ve literally re-introduced my love for gin. I love gin but I sometimes can’t get past the harness of other brands. Eau Claire Distillery’s gin is smooth and cuts out the harshness, I could sip it all on its own. But today, it’s cocktails!
Tips For Making Your Best Gin & Tonics Cocktails
It may seem like a pretty easy cocktail to make, with only a few ingredients for your standard gin & tonic. But I think there are some details here that can be overlooked. So here’s my take on making your best gin & tonic cocktails.
GIN: Obvious right? You’re going to want to make sure you have a quality gin that suits your preference.
TONIC: Although it may seem flavourless on it’s own, I find the taste can vary between different brands of tonic and actually make a difference to the complexity of a cocktail. Some are sweeter than others, etc. as well as flavoured tonics. I suggest playing around with different one and see what you like but for these cocktails, I used the Eau Claire Distillery Tonic.
GLASSES: I find this is also preference. You could use a short rocks glass or a tall glass. I personally find the Collins glass to be my favourite. Tall and slim, it holds the garnishes well and I find you’re more inclined to sip it faster so you don’t get as much of a watery drink when the ice starts to melt.
ICE: So on that note. Melting ice definitely changes your cocktail. There’s no wrong or right, it’s going to happen but I like to make my ice cubes with filtered water. I find it tastes better, or maybe I’m just weird!
GARNISHES: I could seriously right a whole other blog post on garnishes alone, there’s so many! But I’ll just give you some quick tips for the ones we’re using in these recipes today.
- Herbs should be FRESH. No body wants a crusty green leaf floating around in their drink and the flavours will be stronger as well.
- Citrus: Same goes, fresh is best and I prefer to only slice my citrus right before I intend to use it.
- Florals: Fresh cut florals can make a beautiful finish to a cocktail. Just make sure they are safe to be around anything you are ingesting.
- Straws: I personally like to sip gin & tonic cocktails with a straw, again it’s preference but never hurts to have some stocked in your bar cart!
Spring Inspired Gin & Tonic
If this Gin & Tonic doesn’t scream Spring, I don’t know what does. Fresh, florals from the Elderflower liqeuer, herb(y). I made myself one and just sat on my back deck and soaked up the warmth of the evening sun. You could use any fresh herbs for this really but I went with rosemary and mint.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Makes 1 Cocktail
- Tall Glass
- Crushed Ice
- 3/4 oz of St. Germain Elderflower liqeuer
- 2 oz of Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin
- 4 oz of Eau Claire Distillery Tonic Water
- Rosemay sprig
- Fresh Mint
- Dried juniper berries (optional)
- Spring flowers (optional)
Add the Elderflower liqeuer and gin to a tall glass, adding in the fresh mint, rosemary, and juniper berries. Fill the glass with ice and then top with tonic. Add an extra sprig of rosemary and some florals and enjoy,
Classic Tom Collins
Quite literally, the adult version of lemonade the Tom Collins is a classic cocktail you’ll want to be enjoying with the warmer temps, poolside (not likely in Canada) but definitely with friends! Eau Claire Distillery’s Cherry Gin is a match made in heaven for this cocktail. I’ve kept mine fairly close to the original minus the orange slices and depending on your taste you could always add a little simple syrup as well. I like mine a little on the tart side so I just add some extra cherries 😉
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Makes 1 cocktail
- Collin Glass or Tall Glass
- Crushed Ice
- 2 oz of Eau Claire Distillery Cherry Gin
- 3 oz of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 oz of Eau Claire Distillery Tonic Water
- Thin Sliced Lemon Wheels
- 3-4 Cocktail Cherries plus one to garnish
In a Collins glass, add cherry gin, 3-4 cherries, lemon wheels and ice. Pour over lemon juice and top with tonic. Garnish with an extra lemon wheel and a cherry on top!
Happy crafting friends – Here’s to Gin & Tonic Day! Cheers.