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Tom & Tonic

A Tom & Tonic uses the very flavorful Old Tom Gin and aromatic tonic to create a refreshing and very flavorful cocktail.  I love Gin & Tonic’s it is my absolute go to as the sun sets.   Over the years I have made many variants of this drink, this is a pretty stellar one.

Old Tom Gin is a style of Gin from the 1800’s and has a much funkier flavor than a London Dry.  Still juniper based, but in a different style.  To accent it i added fever tree aromatic bitters, several sprigs of peppery watercress, and two mint leaves.  This gin and tonic has a warning, its not your traditional G&T, but it is delicious!

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Tom & Tonic

Ransom Old Tom Gin. Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic. Watercress. Mint.

Tom & Tonic a Flavorful Gin and Tonic

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes

A Tom & Tonic uses the very flavorful Old Tom Gin and aromatic tonic to create a refreshing and very flavorful cocktail.


  • 2 ounces Old Tom Gin (i like Ransom)
  • 4 ounces Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic
  • 4-5 Watercress Sprigs
  • 2 Mint Leaves



Roll the watercress and mint in you hands gently to bring out the fragrant oils but not damage the stems, then put in a large wine or Chablis glass.


Add 2 ounces of Old Tom Gin.


Add 4 ounces of Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic


Add 5 ice cubes


Stir three times.

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