Using a smooth American dry gin such as Bluecoat works well with this delicate Gin & Tonic by Canyon Shayer of Philadelphia Distilling. The apple chai syrup proves not too sweet, with nuances light enough that you don't want a strong spirit to overpower them. It's warm, refreshing and boozy all at once and almost too easy to drink. If you want more of a chai punch, try steeping the tea in the cider overnight or doubling up on the amount. Serve at happy hour or as a fun brunch cocktail.
This recipe originally appeared as part of “6 Gin Drinks Perfect for Sipping by the Fireplace.”
- 1 1/2 ounces Bluecoat American dry gin
- 3/4 ounce apple chai syrup*
- Tonic, to top
- Garnish: star anise pod
Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the gin and syrup.
Top with the tonic and stir gently to combine.
Garnish with a star anise pod.
*Apple chai syrup: Simmer 1 cup apple cider with 2 Tbsp loose chai for 3 minutes, then remove from heat. Strain out tea. Mix in 1 cup demerara sugar until dissolved.