Cocktail Tonic

Cocktail Tonic

Makes 1 Cocktail

It’s not a secret that cocktails are remedies in disguise—they’ve been known to cure everything from insomnia to heartache—but ingredients like digestive bitters and anti-malarial tonic water are actually the bed­rock of medicinal mixology (yes, there is such a movement!). Apothecary cocktail bars have been popping up from New York to London, featuring ingredients like herbs and homeopathic extracts that not only help make delicious cocktails, but just might also heal what ails us.


2 dashes of bitters

½ cup tonic water

1 2-inch knob fresh ginger, slightly pounded

1 lemongrass stalk (white and light green parts) slightly pounded to release the aromatics.

1 ½ ounces (1 jigger) Bombay Sapphire East gin

In a cocktail shaker, combine the bitters and tonic water with the ginger and lemongrass. Pour into a collins glass half filled with ice cubes. Add the gin and stir to blend. I serve my cocktails with the lemongrass and ginger—along with a straw—but feel free to remove these ingredients if you soak them in the cocktail before serving.

Tip: My gin of choice is Bombay Sapphire East, which contains 12 botanicals, including Vietnamese black peppercorn and Thai lemongrass, formulated for taste but also known remedies with antiseptic and antioxidant benefits.

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