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

Tonic water goes with more than just gin.

Indian Summer Cup
Photo: © Tina Rupp

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

© Wendell T. Webber

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

2. Indian Summer Cup

Day 22: Indian Summer Cup

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

3. Portonic


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

4. Pomme Petillant

Pomme Petillant, Winterland, San Francisco
© Frances Janisch

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

5. The Birds and the Bees

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


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

7. Kyoto No. 2

Kyoto No. 2

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

8. Rum & Tonic


Get in vacation mode with this Caribbean-inspired drink.

9. Tamarind and Tonic

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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