Cocktail Hour: Orange Thyme Gin & Tonic

There’s a restaurant in DC called Estadio that serves some really good Spanish Tapas but their drink menu is just out of this world. Last time we were there we ordered the Estadio Tonic No. 6 based on the recommendation of a friend and it became one of my favorite all time cocktails. I’ve been thinking about it ever since and was determined to figure out how to make a similar version at home. Luckily for me as I started to research the drink a bit more it turns out that the Washington Post loves it as much as me and has the recipe online! Score!

I slightly adapted the recipe since the recipe called for siphoned water and I just used club soda instead.

Estadio GinTonic with Orange & Thyme (recipe from The Washington Post)

Ingredients (serves 5)

1 Orange-Thyme Syrup recipe (see first step in directions below)
4 ounces fresh lime juice
4 ounces water
3/4 teaspoons quinine powder (see note below)
7.5 ounces gin (Old Raj is recommended but I used what I had on hand)


Orange-Thyme Syrup – Combine the 6 ounces sugar and 6 ounces water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add 5 thyme sprigs and orange zest from half of an orange; let sit for 1 hour, then strain into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Combine the orange-thyme syrup, lime juice, water and quinine powder in a pitcher; stir well. Double strain and funnel into a soda siphon.

Combine 3 ounces of the prepared tonic with 1 1/2 ounces of gin in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel twist and a sprig of mint.

Note – If you cannot find quinine powder and/or you don’t have a soda siphon (or soda stream), omit the quinine powder and water from the recipe.





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