Our fall gin and tonic series is in full effect, and with it are six delicious cocktails that will make you feel nice and cozy. To start off our series welcome the Rosemary Gin and Tonic, a simple addition with a slight smoky taste that mildly alters the gin drink, but provides a wonderful change.
The gin and tonic drink starts out with the burning of a rosemary twig in order for it to smoke up the glass, resulting in the smoky rosemary flavor. In order to do so, it is best to use a torch. Using a lighter or a match takes longer and can result in a burning smell that unfortunately will create an inedible flavored drink.
Torch the rosemary until smoke begins to appear and pop a glass on top of it to enclose the smoke. Let it sit that way for a minute of two. Flip the glass and add in the rest of the ingredients, gin, our trusted hero, and tonic water, the perfect sidekick.
Surprisingly the smoked cocktail was only invented in 2007 when a bartender in the New York’s Tailor bar in SoHo by the name of Eben Freeman created a cocktail of smoked coca-cola and whiskey. The trend took off and made a new appearance in recent years utilizing a variety of herbs, fruits, and spirits.
We would like to note, if smoky flavor is not your thing, this cocktail is probably not for you. Although we do strongly believe in trying new things, it is only right to let you know that the smokiness in this gin drink is very much front and center.
Rosemary Gin and Tonic
- 2 Ounces gin
- 3-4 Ounces tonic water
- Rosemary twig
Burn off the end of the rosemary twig and place it under a glass until smoke fills it in. Turn over the glass and add in the ice, gin, and tonic water. Garnish, sip, and enjoy.
If you’re looking for even more cocktail inspiration, be sure to check out our cocktail section on the website for even more delicious drink ideas. Happy sipping!