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Gin and Tonic Variation Recipe

Happy Hour: Garden & Tonic

After what's seemed like five straight months of unrelenting chill and fog, a few Summer days have finally descended on the city, and it's hot. I'm talking feel-the-sidewalks-baking, pool-dipping hot — a rare sight in June in San Francisco.

It's climes like these that call for a refreshing spritzer of a cocktail. It's hard to beat a classic gin and tonic, but this variation — which includes elderflower liqueur, mint, cucumber, and celery bitters — is far better. Don't skimp on the celery bitters; they add grassy notes that add another level of complexity.

For the recipe, keep reading.

Garden & Tonic

Garden & Tonic

Gin and Tonic Variation Recipe 2011-06-20 15:11:32


1.5 ounces gin
2 to 3 dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
2 to 3 dashes elderflower or maraschino liqueur
4 to 5 mint leaves
1 slice of cucumber
1 lime wedge
Tonic water


  1. Put all ingredients in a glass on ice; fill up with tonic water.

Makes 1 cocktail.

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JaimeHD JaimeHD 5 years
This is right up my alley, I've got to try it. Gin, St. Germain, & cucumber? Nom.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
Probably my favorite mixed drink. Mmmmmmm :drool:
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