Instant Booze Review: A Medicinal Botanist Gin Beverage


I felt the sniffles coming on. I’d been trapped in a car with two ill coworkers, and one, god help me, is a parent. God only knows what unholy diseases he’s been exposed to via his preschooler. Drastic action was required. I consulted with my bartender on the best course of action, and we arrived at a fine medicinal beverage.

THE BOOZE: Botanist gin

THE MIXERS: Tonic and grapefruit juice.

GARNISH: Lemon and lime wedges.

PREPARATION: Muddle a slice of lemon and a slice of lime in a rocks glass. Add ice then top with gin, tonic, and a splash of grapefruit juice. Garnish with additional lemon and lime.

BOTANIST, YOU SAY: Yes. While Hendrick’s is my usual gin of choice, the Botanist is a fine option for this beverage. Not the pine-y flavor of rail gin, but dry and rather complex. Works well with the tonic and citrus.

WOULD YOU DRINK IT AGAIN? Most assuredly. I like gin to begin with, and the citrus is always a nice pairing. This is boozy but not overwhelming.

BUT WILL IT CURE YOU? I guess we’ll find out, now won’t we?

*UPDATE* It did not. Damn sniffles.