It’s time for Mixology Monday again and this month is hosted by the 12 Bottle Bar. His challenge this month is to feature a drink that excites another sense besides taste.

During the summer months, as the summer heat picks up, it’s always nice to have a cool refreshing drink to sit on the back porch and chill out with. And what better cocktail to epitomize the quintessential summer drink than the gin and tonic. Introduced to the world by the British occupying the hot and humid subcontinent of India, this is the perfect drink to ward off the heat of the summer.

Now while the traditional gin and tonic is cool and refreshing, there is really nothing to excite the senses. Our solution to this particular quandary came to me by way of one of the bartenders at the Bayou Oster Bar here in town. Infusing cascade hops into our spirit gives us both an added flavor dimension as well as some great aromas. Pairing this with a good visual presentation yielded a drink that engages the eyes, the nose, and also tastes excellent. For this particular drink we chose to use Dry Fly gin, as both hops and mint are included in the botanicals. So without further ado, we present to you the Hoptonic. Cheers!

1 3/4 oz Hop infused Dry Fly Gin
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Lime Juice
3 oz Tonic Water
Mint & Lime Garnish