Beyond the G&T: 9 Fantastic Drinks to Make with Tonic Water

Indian Summer Cup © Tina Rupp
Posted April 09, 2016

Tonic water goes with more than just gin.

When you think tonic, you probably think gin. And why not? It's tied for the most important ingredient in a classic Gin & Tonic. But that's not the only great way to use bar staple. From a cucumber-and-rosemary-spiked tequila cocktail to the ultimate sparkling punch, here are nine awesome drinks to make with tonic water.

1. Sueño

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This refreshing tequila cocktail is made with muddled rosemary and cucumber.

2. Indian Summer Cup

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Master bartender Wayne Collins prefers using premium, naturally sweetened tonic water (sometimes called Indian tonic water) in this punch.

3. Portonic

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Bartenders Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric serve this clever twist on the classic Portuguese white port and tonic.

4. Pomme Petillant

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Calvados, an oak-aged brandy from Normandy, France stars in this delicious cocktail.

5. The Birds and the Bees

Food & Wine: The Birds and the Bees

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Mixologist John deBary sweetens this virgin take on The Birds and the Blossoms (made with a lemon verbena-infused vodka) with a quick lemon verbena syrup.

6. Juniper & Tonic

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Juniper syrup's spice and orange-peel notes evoke the flavors of gin in this delicious mocktail.

7. Kyoto No. 2

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Fever-Tree tonic water has a refreshing astringency that makes it ideal for this tangy, mint-infused drink.

8. Rum & Tonic

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Get in vacation mode with this Caribbean-inspired drink.

9. Tamarind and Tonic

Food & Wine: Tamarind and Tonic

© William Meppem

The unusual combination of tamarind syrup and tonic makes this drink both dry and exceptionally refreshing, with a slight bitterness.

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