Hallie Burton
prop stylist
Kiera Coffee
recipe from
our test kitchen

Serves 1


  • 2 oz dry gin 
  • Juice of half a lime, about ½ oz
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Tonic water to taste, about 4 to 6 oz
  • Lime Wedge


  • When you top off the glass with tonic, hold a bar spoon over your drink and pour the tonic over the spoon. This will prevent the soda from fizzing up, preserving all those effervescent bubbles for your tastebuds.
Nothing like the classics. Something about them just keeps us coming back again and again, and for me, nothing says classic cocktail like a crisp gin & tonic. This timeless cocktail originated in the early 1900s, when British soldiers stationed in India were given quinine tonics to combat malaria. The tonic was medicinal and bitter, so officers would mix it with sugar, lime and gin to make the medicine more palatable. Now-a-days, we don’t make the drink with medicine syrup, making for a cool and refreshing cocktail with a strangely pleasing bitter aftertaste.   


Step 1
Fill a Collins glass halfway with ice. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup, then stir for 30 seconds, until the ice starts melting.

Step 2
Top the glass off with tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve. Cheers!

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