In the 17th century, the Incas discovered a cure for malaria in the bark of native trees: quinine. Because it was so bitter, they developed the Gin & Tonic — a combination of quinine, soda water, sugar and gin — to make it more pleasant to drink. Today, it’s one of the most popular cocktails around.
Now, we have a new way to step up your home bar: a truly handcrafted Gin & Tonic! Using our Homemade Gin and DIY Tonic kits, you can mix your best-tasting (and best-quality) cocktail yet. The gin kit helps you transform a regular bottle of vodka into a bright, herbal spirit that rivals the complexity of craft distillery gin; the tonic kit ensures that natural ingredients flavor your mixer, instead of the artificial ingredients used in many modern tonic waters.
Pick up a 750-ml. bottle of vodka — any brand will do.
2. Add Juniper Berries
From your Homemade Gin Kit, open the tin of juniper berries and, using the enclosed funnel, pour them into the bottle of vodka. Seal it up, give it a shake, and leave in a cool, dark place for 24 hours.
3. Add Botanicals
After 24 hours, use the funnel to add the secret blend of botanicals. Seal it back up, give it another shake, and continue infusing for 12 more hours.
After 12 hours (36 total), use the funnel and strainer to strain your gin into the two provided bottles — being careful to remove all of the solids. Note: At this point, your gin should be a beautiful golden hue. This is a typical characteristic of unfiltered gin.
Pour yourself a cocktail. Keep both bottles for yourself, or give one as a unique gift!
In a mason jar, combine Cinchona bark powder, citric acid, dried citrus, lemongrass and allspice berries (all included in the DIY Tonic Kit!) with 1 3/4 cups water and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. Shake to combine. Refrigerate for 72 hours, shaking at least once per day.
2. Make Simple Syrup
Make a rich simple syrup by dissolving 1 cup cane sugar or agave nectar in 1/2 cup water over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to a separate container and refrigerate.
After 72 hours, strain tonic mixture into a pitcher or large spouted measuring cup using a fine mesh strainer or sieve. Discard any botanicals or sediment.
4: Strain (Again)
For further filtration, place stretch wrap filters (included in kit) over the mouth of the mason jar. Pour the tonic mixture back into the mason jar slowly to avoid spillage.
5. Sweeten the Deal
Whisk simple syrup into tonic until thoroughly combined.
Classic Gin and Tonic
We love a classic gin and tonic. With just a few ingredients in the mix, the quality and ratio of each ingredient make a world of difference to achieve the perfect G&T.
4.5 oz gin
12 oz tonic water
1 wedge of fresh lime
2 rounds of gresh lime
Divide the gin between two 12-oz collins glasses filled with large cubes of ice. Add the tonic water to fill the glasses. Squeeze the wedge of lime over both glasses. Stir the gin and tonics with a bar spoon and garnish with the rounds of fresh lime. Makes two 12-oz. cocktails.
Recipe courtesy of Eric Prum and Josh Williams.