Spring has sprung and that means Gin and Tonic season is here. We’re sharing how we serve the classic G+T two different ways, one as a Jalapeño Cucumber G&T and the other Smoked Sweet Orange and Peppercorn G&T.
It’s spring, which means it’s gin and tonic cocktail time! I love a gin and tonic because it’s got these herbal and citrus notes that blend into the season fantastically. It lends itself to be one of the most versatile cocktails when you’re looking to play with flavors too, which is what we’re going to do today. I’m going to show you how I make one cocktail, two ways using the basic gin and tonic structure.
The classic gin and tonic cocktail recipe consists of gin, tonic water and 0.5 ounces of citrus, usually lime. The first riff is going to be a Jalapeño Cucumber Gin & Tonic. It’s cool meets heat with refreshing cucumber notes and a kick of spice. The second riff will be a Smoked Sweet Orange and Peppercorn Gin & Tonic. The sweet citrus replaces the typical lime. Then we smoke it on a grill for some depth and add pepper into the drink for sharpness. Since we’re going to be cutting, charring, and peeling for these recipes, we’ll make it a little easier by using Master of Mixes Single Pressed Lime Juice and Master of Mixes Triple Sec. This is one of my favorite tips for making scratch quality cocktails at home because I hate cleaning my juicer. The Master of Mixes Cocktail Essentials have the same delicious real fruit flavor for an authentic taste but in a squeezable bottle with a super-smooth shut-off action for easy handling. I even cook with it! (Be on the lookout for a salad dressing I have coming that uses it.) So, which of these G&T’s is going to be your new spring cocktail? Let’s see.
Jalapeño Cucumber Gin & Tonic Recipe
The first thing you’ll want to do is prep your ingredients. Cut a jalapeño into 1/4 inch rounds with the seeds still intact. If you want a less spicy cocktail, you can remove the seeds. Then, peel and cut a cucumber into 1/4 inch rounds.
Into a shaker, pour in 1/2 ounce of Master of Mixes Single Pressed Lime Juice. Muddle into the lime juice two jalapeño rounds and two cucumber rounds until they break down. Fine strain the mixture into a double old fashioned glass.
Add ice to the double old fashioned glass to the top. Pour in two ounces of gin and then four ounces of tonic water into the glass. Give it a stir until well combined.
You have the option to garnish with more jalapeño or cucumber. Keep in mind, more jalapeño will make it spicier as you sip.
Smoked Sweet Orange and Peppercorn Gin & Tonic Recipe
Start by smoking a few sweet orange slices or navel orange slices (1/4 an inch). I do this on a grill over low-medium heat for one minute on each side. You can get a similar effect broiling your oranges in the oven, but keep an eye on them because they will burn. You are looking for a bit of charring on the rind and the sugar to be crystalizing on the orange flesh.
Into a shaker, pour in 1/2 ounce of Master of Mixes Triple Sec. Since orange is the citrus for this G&T, I wanted to balance the smokiness from the oranges with a touch of sweetness. Plus, to elevate it with a non-smoked orange rind, I’ll do this all with Triple Sec. It makes for a nice complexity with the oranges handled in different ways.
Using a pepper mill, do 4-5 grinds of fresh black peppercorns into the shaker. Muddle two smoked sweet orange slices into the triple sec and pepper. Do this until the oranges break down, releasing their juice. Fine strain into a double old fashioned glass.
Add ice to the double old fashioned glass to the top. Pour two ounces of gin and then four ounces of tonic water into the glass. Give it a stir until well combined.
You have the option to garnish with more smoked orange slices or leave it as is.
Spring has sprung and that means Gin and Tonic season is here. We're sharing how we serve the classic G+T two different ways, one as a Jalapeño Cucumber G&T and the other Smoked Sweet Orange and Peppercorn G&T.
- 2 ounces Gin
- 4 ounces Tonic Water
- 1/2 ounce Master of Mixes Single Pressed Lime Juice
- 2 Jalapeño Rounds (cut a jalapeno into 1/2 inch rounds)
- 2 Cucumber Rounds (peel and cut a cucumber into 12 inch rounds)
- 2 ounces Gin
- 4 ounces Tonic Water
- 0.25 ounces Master of Mixes Triple Sec (Non-alcoholic)
- 2 Smoked Orange Slices (1/4 inch slices that have been grilled or plank smoked)
- 4-5 grinds Black Peppercorns
In a shaker muddle together Master of Mixes Single Pressed Lime Juice, jalapeño rounds, and cucumber. Fine strain into a double old fashioned glass.
Add ice to the top of the double old fashioned glass. Pour in gin and tonic water. Stir with a bar spoon and serve. Optional: garnish with a cucumber peel or jalapeño garnish.
In a shaker muddle Master of Mixes Triple Sec, 4-5 grins from a black peppercorn mill, and smoked orange slices together. Fine strain into a double old fashioned glass.
Add ice to the top of the double old fashioned glass. Pour in gin and tonic water. Stir with a bar spoon and serve. Optional: garnish with additional smoked orange slice.
One cocktail, two ways! I can’t decide which cocktail I favor. Some days I want that kick from the jalapeño and other days I want a touch of sweetness from the triple sec and orange. Though, they are both perfect for these warmer spring days! Which would you choose? Both are definitely an answer we’ll accept!
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