Smoked gin and tonic

Smoked gin and tonic
  • Cocktail
  • easy
  • 2
  • 15 minutes, plus 2 hours to smoke ice cubes and cocktail glasses



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This cocktail uses smoked ice cubes and a smoked cocktail glass to lend the drink its unique flavour. More information on this technique can be found in my guide to smoked and barbecued cocktails which includes more recipes and smoking tips.

Small batch, citrus-heavy gin forms the base of this classic cocktail, with plenty of fresh lime wedges to emphasise the fruity botanicals in the spirit. A clean, natural tonic water, with its own touch of botanicals, will bloom the citrus flavours of the gin, while the smoked components match the bitter note of both the tonic and the gin.

  • ice cubes, 10-15 smoked (see below)
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • 90ml of gin, preferably citrus-y (I used Brecon Botanicals)
  • tonic water, preferably high-quality (I used Fever Tree)
  • 1 slice of lime, thin, cut in half (for garnish)
Squeeze the juice from two wedges per glass, then fill the glasses with the smoked ice cubes and the rest of the lime wedges
Add the gin and top up with tonic. Garnish with half of the thin lime slice and serve immediately
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