Tonic water goes with more than just gin.

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Indian Summer Cup
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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

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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

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