Summer Tonic

Tonic is commonly known as a mixer for gin and vodka, but it can be paired with other spirits for a delightful infusion of effervescence and flavor. Rum, tequila, and brandy all work well with tonic, offering a refreshing twist beyond the classic choices. 

For a unique summer cocktail, consider combining a richly-flavored rum with Bordiga Bitter Rosso, a bright-red aperitif infused with gentian flower and root. Fresh lemon juice adds a citrusy balance, while an aromatic tonic water (such as Fever Tree) brings an extra vibrant touch. Add a rosemary sprig garnish for an extra dose of fragrance with each sip, and the Summer Tonic provides everything you love about the G&T—minus the gin.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Mount Gay rum
  • 1 ounce Bordiga Bitter Rosso amaro
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 ounces Fever-Tree aromatic tonic water, chilled, to top
  • Garnish: rosemary sprig


  1. Fill a large snifter with ice, then add the rum, amaro and lemon juice.
  2. Top with the tonic water and stir briefly and gently to combine.
  3. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.



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