Homemade Gin & Tonic

Serves 8-10

Homemade Gin & Tonic

By Camille Styles

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped lemon grass (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 cup raw sugar, evaporated cane juice, or white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup powdered cinchona bark, (1/8 cup for a less “barky” flavor)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1 bottle seltzer water

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the seltzer water in a pot and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the liquid simmer for about 45 minutes until reduced and slightly thickened.
  2. Strain the liquid though a fine strainer and discard the solids. Then, pass the liquid through some cheesecloth into a storage container.
  3. To use the syrup, mix it with the seltzer water in a ratio of 3:1. Then, combine it with gin, vodka, or whatever you please in a ratio of about 4:1 or whatever suits your taste. Garnish with a lime and squeeze some of that juice in there to finish.

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Comments (2)
  1. 1
    rebekah March 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    A friend of mine makes tonic(you add the bubbles) and it totally changed my conception of what a gin and tonic could be! He recently began selling on Amazon: Bradley’s Kina Tonic. He learned the tonic biz growing up in the hills of Kentucky and now makes his tonic in Seattle! I’m not associated with his business in anyway, just wanted to share with a fellow g&t fan!

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  2. 2
    Stephanie March 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Gin & tonic is one of my faves! This is a cool spin on it.

    xo

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