Recipe compliments of Erin Petty @lionsnthings
Dillon’s Base Spirit: Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22
• 1.5 oz. Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22
• 0.5 oz. Spiced Tonic Liqueur
• 1 oz. Lemon Juice
• 1 oz. Mango Ginger Syrup
• 3 dashes Dillon’s Lime Bitters
• fresh Sage Leaf (Use miniature wooden clothespin to pin to edge of glass.
• in a chilled coupe, ed add 3 drops of Dillon’s Lime Bitters
• combine all ingredients, here except for bitters, into a shaker tin and shake with ice
• fine strain into prepared coupe
• garnish with fresh sage leaf
The inspiration for my cocktail was to pay homage to one of the most iconic gin based drink which bars have curated programs after, the Gin and Tonic.
I wanted to approach my cocktail with the foundation of creating a Gin + Tonic that non-Gin + Tonic drinkers would like. Tonic has a very distinct taste, as does gin where there’s little middle ground – people either like it or they don’t. I just wanted to create a cocktail with all of the components and complimentary flavours of a Gin and Tonic while playing into the phenomenal warm flavours of Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22.
Most people tend to go the light and refreshing route with gin off of the top notes of the spirit and often don’t look at the individual flavour breakdown where there’s this fantastic warmth, spice and depth to the flavours and botanicals in the gin. So I opted for the latter.
I paired the Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 with a homemade tonic liqueur, made using Dillon’s Method 95 Vodka as the base spirit for the liqueur, adding to that cane sugar, inner cassia bark, white peppercorn, green cardamom, all spice, cinchona (quinine) and Angelica root.
For the syrup I used green mango, ginger, cinnamon sticks and cane sugar. The inspiration for this flavour pairing was from one of my sisters who lives in Nairobi, Kenya who’s drink is a Gin + Tonic with a mango slice where most would opt for cucumber.
Obviously using 100% Ontario spirit, it worked well to do a double entendre for the name: G.T. Eh.