December 4, 2014

How to Make the Perfect Gin and Tonic

Up until a few weeks ago, I'd been drinking gin with shitty ass tonic. There, I said it. And it's not like I've been sticking to the same tonic either. I've experimented with various varieties - fancy expensive bottles, with impressive fonts, classy names. The ones that scream 'oh hey pretty' from the shelf, cost an arm and a leg, and make at best, 2 drinks. If I spent that kind of money on tonic water, I'd be broke. So, I resort to drinking the crappy tonic from the QFC. The kind of tonic that burns your throat and puts hair on your chest. This means that I have to doctor up my drink with a bunch of lime wedges, the occasional cucumber slice, and some real good gin, hoping to mask the strong quinine flavor.

Last month, I went on a 'ima buy all the fancy booze things online and make me a proper bar for the holidays' spree, and in my search, I found this Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. 17fl oz hand crafted in the South, bottle of the best dang tonic I have ever tasted. People, if you like gin and tonic, you need to order a bottle pronto, because it is a game changer. And I'm pretty sure that after that kind of statement, I'm gonna have to order another one because all the people I know are going to be stopping by for a g+t.

I'd heard some good things about this tonic (from various people and sources, all reputable and having exquisite cocktail taste) before I took the plunge and bought a bottle. A bottle costs $16 for 17 fl oz, which some of you may be thinking is outrageously high, but here's the catch, it's not tonic water, it's tonic syrup. This means that all you need is .75oz per drink, and you can store the bottle in the fridge for 6 - 12 months. You can buy it online through the Jack Rudy site, or I believe they now sell it at Crate and Barrel. The tonic is a concoction of concentrated lemongrass, orange peel, sugar and quinine, which turns out, is the perfect combination for a tonic. I've been using the tonic solely for g+t's, but I'm now at the point (and my bar is fully stocked) where I can confidently dabble with a few of the recipes they've provided on their website, leaning heavily towards the KY 75. I'm thinking that a bottle of this tonic would make a pretty great Christmas gift, along with a bottle of Hendricks, a few limes, and some collins glasses, wrapped up in a pretty decorative basket. I'm also thinking that this is the perfect holiday drink to help numb the frustration of listening to your great uncle yammer on about his diabetes while eating doughnuts and drinking diet coke.

makes 1 drink

2 oz gin
.75 oz Jack Rudy tonic
5 oz soda water
lime wedge

In a collins glass, add the gin, tonic, soda water. Stir.

Fill the glass with ice.

Add lime wedge. Enjoy


  1. that tonic syrup sounds incredible. i love gin but rarely do g+ts because the tonic can be so harsh and disgusting. i didn't know a tonic syrup even existed. this is going on my wish list and i cannot wait to try it. thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. You can find Jack Rudy in most wine and spirit shops and many restaurants and bar use it as well. I'm lucky in that I represent them nationwide. They also make a grenadine, bitters and elderflower tonic.

  3. I love gin and tonic. Especially with Hendricks gin. Jack Rudy tonic sounds so good. I am looking forward to giving it a try.

  4. Ooooh I LOVE the idea of tonic syrup! We're hooked on fever-tree tonic over here which is pretty pricey in its own right. This sounds like it would last longer and probably be cheaper (we drink a lot of g&ts, what can I say) not to mention that it sounds absolutely delicious. Note to self: perfect Christmas present for the boyfriend that's secretly a Christmas present for me ;-)

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