During these uncertain and anxious times, I’ve been finding solace in a nightly, simple libation. A drink that I can stir or shake up in a matter of moments. One of the easiest cocktails that I’ve been making on the regular is my Lemon Verbena Gin & Tonic, sponsored by Vons and Q Mixers. It’s crisp, refreshing and perfect for a warm summer evening.
Inspired by Toby Cecchini’s Gin & Tonic recipe, this cocktail starts out with dry gin, muddled with thinly sliced lime, and a small sprig of lemon verbena. The quickly-infused gin is then strained into a highball glass filled with ice, and topped off with chilled Q Mixers Tonic Water. The G&T is finished with the muddled lime pieces and a fresh sprig of lemon verbena. Each sip is bright and well-balanced with a slight citrusy, grassy note from the lemon verbena. Continue reading for the recipe.
I recently discovered Q Mixers Tonic Water in the premium cocktail mixer section of my local Vons, and it’s quickly become a favorite for making G&T’s. Sweetened with organic agave nectar, Q Mixers Tonic Water has a crisp, fizzy flavor that doesn’t overwhelm or leave you in sugar coma after one drink! It’s made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients, and has a really pleasant quinine flavor. Check out the link below to save $1 on your Q Mixers purchase at your local Vons!
As for the rest of the cocktail, I really enjoy a dry gin as the base spirit here, but I’ve also made this with a more herbaceous gin, and it’s still lovely. So use whatever gin you’ve got on hand!
The lime in the recipe gets some special treatment compared to your standard G&T. You start by juicing half a lime, setting aside the juice for another use. The remaining lime half is then sliced thin and muddled with the gin. This method allows you to add plenty of lime flavor to the cocktail without adding too much acidity.
I’ve thrown some backyard lemon verbena into the mix as a little twist. Lemon verbena has a really interesting citrusy flavor that pairs beautifully with lime, gin and tonic water. Just one small sprig adds plenty of flavor. If you don’t have lemon verbena growing in your backyard, try basil here instead. And don’t forget to save $1 on your Q Mixers purchase at your local Vons!
Lemon Verbena Gin and Tonic
- 1 half lime
- 1 1/2 ounces dry gin
- 1 small sprig lemon verbena plus more to garnish
- About 4 ounces chilled Q Mixers Tonic Water
Juice the lime and set aside the lime juice for another use. Thinly slice the remaining rind and pulp, and place in a cocktail shaker with gin and lemon verbena. Muddle the ingredients together for 1 minute. Strain the gin into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with tonic water.
To finish, spoon the muddled lime rind and pulp onto the surface of the cocktail. Garnish with a fresh sprig of lemon verbena.
This post has been sponsored by Q Mixers. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please enjoy responsibly!12