It seems that for every liquor out there there is a tonic recipe to go with it. That’s because it mixes so well and the Whiskey Tonic is no different. Let’s learn why!
What is a Whiskey Tonic?
As you may know, tonic water came about in the 1800s. Legend says that British colonizers would often mix quinine (an anti-malaria medication) with sugar and soda water because of it’s bitter flavor. Not too long after they started to mix gin in with it because why wouldn’t they? Thus, we got the Gin and Tonic (and subsequently the BBQ favorite, Gin and Tonic Popsicles).
A Whiskey Tonic does not have quite the same history but it’s roots are the same. A Whiskey tonic is a fairly simple, straightforward recipe that just combines Whiskey and Tonic water. The fun part is that with so many types of whiskeys you can really tailor the flavor to your preference.
Whiskey Tonic Drinks
There are many different types of whiskey. Some that blend really well tonic are:
- Bourbon: Known for it’s hints of caramel and vanilla, bourbon pairs perfectly with tonic.
- Tennessee Whiskey: Is filtered through sugar maple charcoal to give it a distinct flavor.
- Irish Whiskey: Since it is typically triple distilled and aged in wooden barrels it has a very smooth, almost sweet, flavor to it.
- Scotch Whiskey: Adds an oaky flavor for a delicious sipping drink.
- Rye Whiskey: Rye has a spicy taste to it which can really give your whiskey tonic a delicious bite.
No matter what type of whiskey you choose, your drink is guaranteed to be tasty.
How to make this drink:
As we mentioned above, this recipe is really easy to make.
Fill a highball glass with ice.
Pour 2 oz of your chosen whiskey over the ice
Top off with 4 oz of tonic water
Stir gently with a bar spoon and garnish with a lemon wedge.
A few alternatives to this drink are the Tully Tonic and the BLT. A Tully just uses Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and swaps the lemon wedge for an orange wedge while the BLT uses bourbon, lemon juice (or squeezed wedge), and tonic, hence the name BLT.
Whiskey And Tonic
- highball glass
- bar spoon
- (Optional) Mixing tumbler
- 2 oz whiskey
- 4 oz Tonic
- 1 wedge lemon garnish
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of whiskey
- Top off with tonic (approximately 4 oz)
- Stir gently with bar spoon
- Garnish with lime wedge