The Gin & Tonic is an utterly classic cocktail that, truth be told, makes you seem like kind of a badass. Clear drinks (you know, just clear alcohol and soda or tonic water) used to scare the shit out of me. "How can you drink that?!" I would ask, gaping and amazed, when I was a baby drinker. My older, cooler friends just laughed. They knew the magic of the G&T.
Now I can't stand the cherry-pink alcoholic sugar water I used to drink. What was I, a hummingbird? At open bar events, for me, it's either a Paloma (tequila-soda-splash of grapefruit) or a Gin & Tonic with two lime wedges.
Now, here we have a Grapefruit Tarragon G&T which honestly seems like it could be the perfect marriage of two of my favorite drinks. Gin is naturally full of herbal notes, which are accented and accentuated by the fresh sprig of tarragon. The sour sweetness of grapefruit adds flavor without becoming cloying. And the gin, well... gin is just good.
To Make Your Own:
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 ounces fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, strained
2 ounces gin
5 ounces tonic water
A sliver of grapefruit
Muddle tarragon and sugar. Add several ice cubes, grapefruit juice, and gin. Shake until well mixed. Pour into a tall glass filled halfway with ice cubes; garnish with a sprig of tarragon and a sliver of grapefruit, top with tonic water, and enjoy!
You could use bottled grapefruit juice to make this easier.
You could also forgo the sugar, if you prefer a more bitter drink (I do).