Gin Toasty Cocktail


All it takes is a bit of hot water to give this warm alcoholic drink—a riff on a gin and tonic—a hot toddy–like edge: When heated, the botanicals in gin act like mulled spices. Using tonic syrup instead of tonic water is crucial to the drink; hot water does the same trick that effervescent bubbles do to ferry the aromatics in the gin and the syrup right up to your nose. The result is an ingeniously simple warm cocktail, perfect for a snowy winter day.

Gin Toasty
Photo: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • ¼ cup plus 3 Tbsp. hot water (3 1/2 ounces)

  • 3 ½ tablespoons (1 3/4 ounces) gin

  • 1 ½ tonic syrup (3/4 ounce) (preferably Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Classic)

  • Orange peel twist


  1. Stir together 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons hot water, gin, and tonic syrup in a mug until combined. Garnish with orange peel twist.

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