3 Exciting Variations Of The Classic Gin and Tonic

International Gin and Tonic Day—yes, that’s a thing—goes down on April 9th.

In the simplest sense, all it takes to celebrate this momentous occasion is some gin, some tonic, a few wedges of lemon or lime, and some ice. If there was ever a day to get creative with your gin and tonics, however, it’s April 9.

Here are a few exciting variations on the classic gin and tonic that we recommend you try on International Gin and Tonic Day this year.

Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic (via A Cozy Kitchen)

This inventive twist on the classic G&T adds cranberry and thyme—two ingredients that probably don’t strike you as bedfellows—for an incredibly complex but wonderfully refreshing taste. Here’s how you whip one up.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries.
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • Splash of orange juice.
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • Fresh thyme leaves.
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 4 oz. tonic.

Instructions:

  • In a small saucepan, mix together the cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice and vanilla extract.
  • Cook for 10 – 15 minutes, smashing cranberries with the back of Add the fresh thyme and smash with the back of your spoon.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer, discarding the solids, and saving remaining syrup.
  • Add 1 oz. of syrup to a glass. Top with ice cubs.
  • Add 2 oz. of gin, top with tonic.
  • Garnish with thyme.

Blood Orange Gin and Tonic (via White On Rice Couple)

While your typical G&T doesn’t look a whole lot different from a glass of water, this variation on the cocktail is a vibrant red, thanks to the inclusion of blood orange juice. Here’s how you make this amazing G&T.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. gin
  • 2 oz. blood orange juice
  • A few dashes of orange bitters
  • 4 oz. tonic.

Instructions:

  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add gin, blood orange juice, and orange bitters.
  • Top with tonic water and gently stir.
  • Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Melon Gin and Tonic (via A Cozy Kitchen)

What could be more in keeping with the lush, colorful season of spring than a gin and tonic with melon in it? That’s exactly what you get with this super sweet spin on the Gin and Tonic. Here’s how to make one for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped honeydew melon.
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar.
  • 1/4 cup water.
  • 2 oz. gin.
  • 1 oz. tonic.
  • ice cubs.
  • Melon balls for garnish.

Instructions:

  • In a blender, combine honeydew melon, organic cane sugar and water.
  • Blend until very smooth.
  • Strain honeydew puree and discard of pulp (two strains might be necessary).
  • Add a few ice cubes to a glass.
  • Add 3 oz. of honeydew puree.
  • Add 2 oz. gin, and 1 oz. tonic.
  • Garnish with melon balls, arranged on a skewer.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor is a globetrotting writer currently based in Ottawa, Canada. He covers mixed martial arts for Fightland and Vice Sports, and freelances for a number of other publications. Follow him on Twitter @TomTayMMA.

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