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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Gin & Tonic

Muddled Fruit or Vegetables
Muddling in some soft fruits, such as berries, before adding your other ingredients is a wonderful way to add some extra flavor to the mix. Vegetables such as cucumber, celery, or peppers can also work to switch things up. Harder vegetables and fruits are better suited for adding in as a juice. For all of these, experiment with how much of the ingredients are used per drink.   

Ideas: Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, raspberries, watermelon, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, or any kind of citrus. 

Muddled herbs
Fresh herbs can really liven up a classic G&T, adding a little more seasonality to the drink. The herbs can also draw out different flavors from the gin. Try combining some huddled herbs along with citrus, berries, or cucumbers

Ideas: mint, basil, thyme, cilantro, lemon verbena, sage, lemongrass, rosemary

Add a Liqueur
Adding a half ounce or so of your favorite fruit, floral, or herbal liqueur is a fun way to experiment to find a new and unexpected flavor combination. 

Ideas: Elderflower liqueur, bittersweet liqueur, Amaro, orange, berry, apricot, peach 

Jam
You likely have a jar of some kind of jelly/jam/marmalade at home, give it a try in your next G&T. You may want to shake with the measure of gin and use a fine strainer.  

Ideas: strawberry, apricot, orange marmalade, raspberry, or blueberry

Spices
Spices have a lot of flavors packed in them, you'll probably want to crush or grind them up prior to adding to the drink. Like herbs, they're a great way to add some seasonality to the drink or amplify the flavors in the gin.

Ideas: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, anise, peppercorns, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander seed, or cloves

Bonus: Bitters
Bitters of all kinds and flavors are definitely a great way to upgrade your Gin and Tonic, with just a couple of dashes. 

Ideas: orange, aromatic, grapefruit, peach, anything else you can find to try

Corn Whiskey & Tonic

Corn Whiskey and Tonic

People often ask how to drink corn whiskey. If you don't want to drink it chilled out of the freezer, you could always try it with some tonic water and a lemon.

But this is only a starting place. If you're a fan of Corn Whiskey you should have some fun and try it in drinks that would normally have rum, gin, tequila, or vodka. Maybe it's a variation on a margarita, a dirty martini, a mule, or even a mojito. It's up to you and your tastebuds. 

Let us know what fun drink variations you discover with Asylum Corn Whiskey!

Be sure to share with any Asylum Corn Whiskey fans in your life! 


7 ingredients to stock at home

Be sure to keep the following ingredients on hand at all times to be able to make some wonderful drinks for yourself and friends at home.

citrus - Lemon and Lime

Citrus

You will definitely want to have lemons and limes for juicing. Oranges and grapefruits would be a great addition, for an unsweetened and fresh alternative. Depending on the drink, any citrus can make for a great garnish. 

Simple Syrup

Equal parts water and granulated sugar, you can heat it up if you would like or combine in a bottle and shake really hard if you don't want to wait. There are a lot of flavor possibilities here if you want to experiment with ingredients like ginger, mint, cinnamon, raspberries, or rosemary.

club soda

Club Soda

Have some small bottles, or cans, on hand at all times for the "vodka soda" crowd, and a little splash can liven up a lot of different drinks. Called for in classics like a gin fizz and a vodka collins.

tonic water

Tonic Water

Gin and tonic anyone? Just remember, this stuff is bitter and sweet. In case you were wondering, it originally was used, in India, by the British to fight off malaria with the quinine in it. They would also add gin, lime, and sugar to the tonic water to make it drinkable. Nowadays there is a lot less quinine but we still enjoy it.  

Vermouth

A lot of people don't seem to understand vermouth.  It is simply a fortified wine (alcohol is added) that has botanicals added. It comes in two main forms, both of which you should have stocked in your refrigerator, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth. Dry vermouth is vitally important to making a real martini and sweet vermouth is essential to the Negroni and The Manhattan. Once opened, they should be stored in the fridge.

Bitters

You will most likely want to start with a bottle of Angostura aromatic bitters if nothing else. Orange bitters would be the next to pick up a bottle of. Then you can go crazy and try all kinds of different bitters that are available these days to add interesting flavors and variations to really simple drinks like a gin and tonic or a martini

Angostura bitters

Liqueurs

This is a matter of preference. There are all kinds of flavored and sweetened liqueurs out there to try, look into some drinks that use a liqueur and your favorite spirits. A couple to consider would be a bitter liqueur (amaro) like Campari, orange liqueur, coffee liqueur, or even amaretto.

If you want to be able to mix up some drinks at home, you will want to be sure to have yourself the above ingredients on hand. Once you get an idea of what types of drinks you like, you can focus on just having those ingredients. It wouldn't hurt to have all of the above if you want to share with friends.

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What is your favorite gin drink?

What is your favorite gin drink? Maybe it's a simple Gin & Tonic, a Classic Martini, a Negroni, or a creation of your own. Comment below with your favorite drink, or send us a photo and recipe that we can share in a future post!