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All The Tonic Please!

Happy, happy Friday!  I hope your week was good and if not great, then swift!  It is the beginning of the weekend and I am 100 percent here for it.  I plan to be sipping one of my new favorite drinks thanks to a cocktail I ordered at Superica a few weeks ago.  I decided to order the Tequila + Tonic and was immediately smitten with the flavor, presentation, and smell of it.  I enjoyed every single sip and since then have done my best to recreate it at home.  

After doing a little research I discovered the drink served to me was a Spanish Tonic and it is not so much about the spirit but the tonic chosen and how it is served. Typically the Spanish version is a gin and tonic but I see others mixing it up with both vodka and tequila. It was the combination of the glass, the tonic and the aromatics added that made it so delicious.  Spanish Tonics are served in a balloon glass (think brandy glass) with a spirit, a number of aromatics, a good tonic, and a garnish.  All of this put together means it is magical. 

With some trial and error I have found a combination of aromatics that I enjoy.  You can choose from oranges, limes, fresh rosemary, peppercorns, citrus peels, juniper berries, edible flowers, cucumbers and even other fresh fruit.  The idea is to enhance the aromatics in the spirit, most specifically gin. When it was served to me the drink, in the balloon glass, included el Jimador Blanco, a slice of orange, a slice of lime, fresh rosemary, and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic. The aromatics in the tequila, a variety of citrus flavors, paired perfectly with the orange and lime slices and the Meditterranean tonic.  I am telling you it was so very good. 

At home I begin with a balloon glass (a stemless wine glass is perfect) and then add in 2 oz. of spirits in the bottom and add in my aromatics.  So far I have used orange and lime slices + fresh rosemary and love the combination.  I let the aromatics marinate in the spirit for a bit and then add in ice and top with tonic.  I upgraded our basic tonic for Fever Tree and really think it is worth the hype.  It makes for such a nice cocktail, and why not fully enjoy it.  This weekend I intend to try gin with cucumber, lime slices, rosemary and try the Fever Tree elderflower tonic.  I will let you know what I think.  I also have cucumber tonic on hand to try as well.  I am telling you I am hooked. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think ... I hope you love! 

Top image by Angie Webb Photography
Drink image via Fox and Briar

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