Cocktail Series: The Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe

Many guests have said the highlight of their stay was enjoying a good drink and great conversation around our family heirloom bar at our top-rated Berkshires bed and breakfast. This unique bar is fully stocked with glasses, plates, and other items you might need to enjoy a BYOB cocktail. Mix up the perfect gin and tonic recipe and start planning your getaway to Hampton Terrace Inn today!

Guests Enjoying Cocktails at Our Antique Bar

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Our featured recipe, a tonic with gin, is a reimagined classic from Brian Van Flandern‘s 68-recipe book featuring creative drinks from top mixologists from around the world. Brian and his wife Kelly first stayed at the Inn for their honeymoon and have since hosted a free cocktail night at our heirloom bar, as well as a local mixology class organized and sponsored by Hampton Terrace Inn. Being asked by Thomas Keller to create the bar menu for Per Se, one of the highest-rated restaurants in the world is impressive in and of itself; but Brian will tell you his reimagining of the classic Gin & Tonic cocktail is one of the recipes that catapulted him to international attention, earning his title “America’s Top Mixologist” by the Food Network. He has appeared on many shows, including Bar Rescue and The Barefoot Contessa. For more information on Brian’s honors and influence, check out Then mix and enjoy his creation!

The Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe

A Brief History of the Gin & Tonic

During the British occupation of India and parts of North Africa, soldiers had to ingest quinine powder to prevent malaria. They would stir the bitter red powder with soda siphon water and granulated sugar to make a medicinal beverage called a “tonic.” The soldiers decided that if they were forced to drink this medicine, they were going to add some gin. The gin & tonic recipe below closely resembles the original gin and tonic, with one notable addition: ice.

The Perfect Gin and Tonic Recipe

Featured Recipe: A Tonic with Gin

Make sure to pop down to Nejaime’s Wine Cellars, just a quick stroll from our Inn, to pick up everything you need to enjoy this famous cocktail, including delicious gourmet snacks!


  • 1/16 tsp. Raw Quinine Powder
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz. Cane Sugar Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
  • .5 oz. Sparkling Water
  • Garnish: Lime Wedge with Stir Stick


  • Place all ingredients except sparkling water in a mixing tin.
  • Dry shake vigorously without ice to emulsify powder in alcohol.
  • Fill a high ball glass with ice. Pour contents on mixing tin into glass and top off with sparkling water.
  • Tumble, roll back and forth 1 time, garnish and serve.
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