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The Ultimate Gin and Tonic

The Ultimate Gin and Tonic

While it may not seem like an obvious pairing to most, Manny and I knew a good G&T with cucumber would be a fantastic pairing with Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® on both the cucumber and the rim of the glass. The texture of Chain Reaction® being fine, it works well on these types of drinks to allow the person drinking the ability to get as much or as little of the spicy rim as they want without falling off. Since this is a very simple drink, using premium ingredients (i.e. both the gin and the tonic water) is critical to the outcome of the final cocktail.

Super early on we discovered that our Chain Reaction® was magical on fruits and vegetables. Cooked, raw, it didn't really matter. Cucumbers are no exception It's an incredible pairing to take a cold, crisp cucumber and have some chile heat on it. We first experienced it on salads, but quickly made the connection to cocktails. You've seen our recipe for red beers (micheladas) and margaritas posted here, but think bloody marys as well (recipe to come). This works equally well with your favorite infused (or not) vodka as well (chile infused vodka being a favorite of ours) so if gin isn't your thing, don't be afraid to substitute out for vodka. With the heat of Summer well in sight here in Dallas (and Tucson and Cozumel too for that matter), this drink will cool you off while tantilizing your taste buds with some great background flavors. As always, from our table to yours... #SpiceConfidently #EssenceOfFlavor #ChemistryInTheKitchen #CasaMSpice

— Mike Hernandez

ingredients

FOR THE DRINK
  • 2 fluid ounces gin, we like Green House Artisan Gin
  • 4 fluid ounces tonic water, we like Q and Fever Tree here
  • ice
FOR THE GLASS AND GARNISH
  • 1 saucer with lime juice
  • 1 saucer with Casa M Spice Co® Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® (or Chain Reaction® if you prefer a little less heat)
  • cucumber, cold and sliced
  • lime, sliced

FEATURED QUOTE

Since this is a very simple drink, using premium ingredients (i.e. both the gin and the tonic water) is critical to the outcome of the final cocktail.

- Mike Hernandez

LET’S GET COOKING

  • 1.

    Juice your lime(s) for your saucer you will use to rim the glass.

  • 2.

    Shake a layer of Casa M Spice Co® Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® or Chain Reaction® onto your second saucer.

  • 3.

    Turn the glass upside down, dip it into the lime juice and then directly (keeping it upside down) into the Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® or Chain Reaction® and set aside to dry briefly.

  • 4.

    Slice your cucumbers and lime garnish and lightly dip them (both) in the saucer you used to rim the glass.

  • 5.

    Fill the glass with ice and nestle a slice of the Chain Reaction® dusted cucumber into the ice.

  • 6.

    Add the gin over the top of the ice.

  • 7.

    Top the glass off with tonic water.

  • 8.

    Garnish the drink on the rim with another piece of cucumber and a lime wedge.

  • 9.

    Serve, toast, and drink up (responsibly, of course)!

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