Beer cocktails may have been all the rage last year, but “this summer is going to be about gin,” according to Prairie Rose, a New York City-based cocktail and spirits blogger and expert.
Why? For starters, everyone’s favorite gin cocktail, the G&T, is undergoing a renaissance. We now have “good-quality gin and artisanal, small-batch tonics that aren’t filled with high-fructose corn syrup and synthetic quinine flavors that taste like garbage,” Rose says. She prefers brands like Jacky Rudy Cocktail Co., Tomr’s Tonics, and Strong Tonic.
To tackle this summer’s big drink trend, try a combo with Rose’s Pear & Sage Gin and Tonic:
2 oz Jackelope & Jenny Gin
1 oz Original Strong Tonic
3 oz club soda
3 thin pear slices
1 bunch fresh sage
Add gin, tonic, and soda in a mixing glass with ice. Stir well; strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with pear slices and sage.