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Free The Gin & Tonic

“In Spain, it is much more civilized. They use a big glass with the right quantity of gin and the right quantity of tonic” says Alexandre Gabriel, the president and creative force behind the cognac company Pierre Ferrand and the maker of Citadelle Gin. “When you finish making the gin and tonic, add a little bit of cardamon, because it’s one of the ‘hidden’ botanicals in the gin recipe. It will stick its little head out for you and give you a tickle on the top. In the winter, add a cinnamon stick.”

Alexandre Gabriel is starting a campaign he calls “Free the Gin and Tonic, because the way it is now, gin and tonic is totally in a straight jacket, it’s like in little test tubes. The ice cubes are stuck at the bottom, they pour in the gin and then the tonic and you try to stir it, but it doesn’t work. So you taste the tonic first and then the gin afterwards. It’s a very stylish drink that has been held to the ground.”



The Riedel Vinum Burgundy | The Riedel Stemless “O” Burgundy

“For the ultimate Gin and Tonic, get a big glass.”

- Bartender Tom Richter of The Beagle in New York, NY

“Use a tumbler or a Riedel Burgundy glass.”

- Alexandre Gabriel of Pierre Ferrand, maker of Citadelle Gin

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Tovolo King Cube | Large Square Ice Cubes | WIlliams-Sonoma King Cube

“Ice is very important. Use big ice cubes -- Kold-Draft or square ice molds.”

- Bartender Tom Richter of The Beagle in New York, NY

Tovolo King Cube

Single silicone tray comes in various colors, with six 2-inch square cubes.

- Recommended by mixologist Jamie Boudreau of Canon in Seattle, WA

Williams-Sonoma King Cube

Set of silicone trays, with four 2-inch square ice cubes.

- Recommended by ice carver Shintaro Okamoto of Okamoto Studio Ice Carving in New York, NY

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Gins: Beefeater | Gordon’s | Blue Gin | Plymouth | Citadelle

What separates one gin from the next is the choice of botanical, citrus and spices.

London Dry Style | Beefeater and Gordon’s

“As far as gins go... I think it is best with a London Dry style.”

- Bartender Tom Richter of The Beagle in New York, NY

Beefeater | Plymouth | Tanqueray

“My holy trinity of gin.”

- Bartender Jim Meehan of PDT in New York, NY


“I like Citadelle gin quite a bit. I like the floral to it and I like the smoothness to it. While it does have tons of juniper in it, it doesn’t have that like junipery bite to it that sometimes it's a little overwhelming to people.”

- Bartender Todd Thrasher of PX in Washington, DC

DH Krahn

“It has really nice citrus, ginger notes and not a strong juniper berry flavor which makes it unique.”

- Bartender Jill Schulster, co-owner of JoeDoe in New York, NY

Hans Reisetbauer Blue

“Bombay Saphire is designed to lure vodka drinkers over to gin. Instead try Blue Gin from cult Austrian eau de vie distiller Hans Reisetbauer. He distills each botanical separately and vats them for his gin. It is a very well put together distillate.”

- Bartender Erik Adkins of Slanted Door and Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco, CA


“I love its bold flavor profile. When I drink a gin, I want it to taste like gin, not vodka.”

- Zeb Stewart of Cafe Colette, Hotel Delmano and Union Pool cocktail bars in Williamsburg, New York.

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Tonic Sodas: Fever Tree & Q Tonic | Tonic Syrups: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. & Tomr’s Tonic


Fever Tree

“It’s very aromatic and multi-dimensional. It’s not like a sweet, fizzy water. It has a nice bitterness and very exuberant aromas.”

- Alexandre Gabriel of Pierre Ferrand, maker of Citadelle Gin

Q Tonic

“For a gin and tonic, you need to have a good tonic. Q Tonic is one that I like.”

- Alexandre Gabriel of Pierre Ferrand, maker of Citadelle Gin

[Details and where to buy.]

Tonic Syrups

Jack Rudy Cocktail Company

“It's light, crisp and refreshing, with a soft backbone of quinine that makes it incredibly quaffable. Beyond that, the tonic is in syrup form, so it won't lose its edge and go bad between drinks.”

- Creator Brooks Reitz, bartender at FIG in Charleston, SC

Tomr’s Handcrafted Tonic

“There are great gins coming out and nothing but mediocre tonic to mix with them. I wanted something better, richer, and more balanced. I searched out recipes, wasn’t happy with any particular one, but I did like qualities of each, so I began combining and this recipe just came together.”

- Creator Tom Richter, bartender at The Beagle in New York, NY

[Details and where to buy.]



The obvious and in some minds, traditional, garnish is the slide or wedge of lime or lemon. But follow the Spanish and enhance your cocktail with new options beyond the citrus.


Lemon Twist | Lime Twist

A large piece of the lemon or lime skin, for just a little oil from the peel.

- Alexandre Gabriel of Pierre Ferrand, maker of Citadelle Gin

Lime Slice

- Bartender Brooks Reitz of FIG in Charleston, SC

Lemon Slide | Lime Slice

- Bartender Tom Richter of The Beagle in New York, NY


Cucumber Slice

- Bartender Brooks Reitz of FIG in Charleston, SC


Nutmeg | Star Anise | Cardamom Pod | Cinnamon

Use any of the three as a garnish to top off the drink.

- Alexandre Gabriel of Pierre Ferrand, maker of Citadelle Gin


Recipe | The Spanish Gin & Tonic

Recipe by Alexandre Gabriel of Citadelle Gin

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1 drink

Glass: Burgundy Wine Glass

Citrus Garnish: Large Lemon or Lime Twist

Spice Garnish: Grated Nutmeg, Cardamom Pod, Star Anise, or Cinnamon Stick

Ice: Large Cubes


- 1 oz Citadelle gin

- 4 oz Fever Tree or Q Tonic

- Lime or lemon skin (for just a little oil from the peel; not the full wedge)

- Grated nutmeg, cardamom pod, star anise, or cinnamon stick


1) In a large tumbler, stir together gin, tonic and large ice cubes.

2) Twist citrus peel over the drink and add to the glass.

3) Garnish with spice and drink.

More Recipes

Try these classic gin and tonic recipes:

- Classic Gin & Tonic

- Tomr’s Tonic G & T

- Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

- More Cocktail Recipes...

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