with Sip Smith Dry Gin

Behold! The (gin and) tonic season is upon us! Not that there’s ever a wrong time to drink tonic… but let me put it this way: the warm-er weather is in fact here and I’m just about ready to start complaining about the heat (come @ me haters!). For this reason, it is now appropriate to drink this semi sweet, semi dry, full-on sparkly beverage at any point of time during the day. Espresso tonic is typically my beverage of choice in the morning and for any time slot after lunch? Leave it to (pretty much) everyone’s favourite cocktail: gin and tonic. It’s easy, refreshing, and overall putting everyone in a good better mood.

Honestly, G&T is one of those things that’s quite literally foolproof. Any gin + any tonic = good times. But if you know me at all, I take my G&T pretty seriously and that simple equation won’t quite add up 🤷‍♂️. This spring, Sipsmith sent me a bottle of their delicious gin to play around and make some delicious G&Ts. I first discover the brand around this time three years ago via. MR. PORTER and finally had my first sip not too long after that when I was in New York. The beauty of this gin (the classic, green one at least) is that it’s so clean, crisp, and versatile. It’s rich yet bright, floral and citrus-y at the same time. The note of juniper, while still prominent, is nicely rounded by the zesty citrus, resulting in quite a delicious finish. In summary, it makes fabulous cocktails, not just G&Ts but we’ll be focusing on that for now.

Spain-ish G&T

I used the term Spain-ish simply because the inspiration comes from one of my fave spots in Vancouver that excel in Spanish tapas (you know which one 😉). The addition of grapefruit, and cracked pink peppercorn are so simple, yet it takes this drink to a whole other level of deliciousness. Oh also, for this particular one, I use Fever Tree’s Mediterranean tonic.

Strawberry-Basil G&T

Strawberry and basil make such a delightful combo when they’re together. Muddle 3-4 strawberries, a sprig of basil in a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into an ice-filled glass, add 2 oz of gin, and top it off with tonic (I use Fever Tree’s Aromatic Tonic for this one). The fragrance from the basil is released as they’re shaken and broken apart, it also adds a hint of savoury to each sip.

Lemongrass-Cucumber G&T

It’s no secret that gin and cucumber compliment each other in so many ways – it’s almost a classic combination, tbh. This particular gin and tonic recipe is done to add an exotic-ish twist to the “classic”. Simply add an ounce of lemon juice, lemongrass syrup (1-2 spring lemongrass, half a cup sugar, a cup of water, boil down ’til thickened), and top off with cucumber tonic. This is easily something that you can batch, for that hot, sweaty, summer day, on the roof – ‘yall ‘welcs.

Well, it’s 4 o’clock somewhere and I’m ready to start pouring the sipsmith and lay down ’til the sun sets. Hope y’all enjoy the G&Ts as much as I do.

Thanks again Sipsmith for sending this bottle to add to my collection. P.S The VJOP needs to make its way to Canada soon!