The Mamani Gin & Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Recipe adapted from Amy Stewart, "The Drunken Botanist" (Algonquin Books)

The Mamani Gin & Tonic
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Try the Mamani Gin & Tonic for a refreshing twist on an original.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • 1 jalapeño--stemmed, seeded and sliced crosswise
  • 2 or 3 sprigs fresh cilantro or basil
  • One 2-inch piece of cucumber, plus a thin slice for garnishing
  • Ice
  • Tonic water, such as Fever Tree or Q Tonic
Optional Ingredients
  • 3 red or orange cherry tomatoes, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the gin with 2 slices of the jalapeño, 1 or 2 sprigs of cilantro or basil, and the chunk of cucumber until well blended.
  2. Fill a Highball glass half-full with ice. Add 2 slices of jalapeño, 1 sprig of cilantro or basil, and the cucumber slice, then top with more ice.
  3. Strain the gin mixture over the ice in the glass. Top with tonic water and garnish with the cherry tomatoes skewered on a pick, if using.
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