The Best Cocktails To Make With Tonic Water

Gin is probably the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to tonic water but it’s not the only way to use this bar staple.

Here are some awesome cocktails to make, using tonic water as a key ingredient.


If you are not sure what to do with that age-old white Muscadel or Port, just pour 2 shots in a glass, add some ice and top it off with tonic.

Rum & Tonic

This refreshing cocktail, zingy with plenty of lime juice and tonic, will convert any rum sceptic. Dark rum works best and lime juice can be adjusted to taste.

Apricot Fruit Jug

For a delicious fruity fix during brunch or cocktail hour, try this mix of vodka and apricot nectar topped with tonic water.


  • 1 1/4 cups Aperol 
  • 2/3 ounce lemon juice
  • 5 cups tonic water
  • 2 cups apricot juice
  • lemon slices (for garnish)


  1. Combine the aperitivo, lemon juice, tonic water and apricot juice. Add ice then pour into individual glasses and decorate with a slice of lemon.

Basil Smash

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One thing to remember: you can never add to much basil to this drink. Also, be sure to muddle the basil instead of just breaking it.


  • 25ml Gin
  • A generous handful of fresh basil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 200ml tonic water


  1. In a mortar and pestle, roughly smash a few sprigs of basil.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the basil, the lemon juice and the gin. Shake to combine and infuse the gin.
  3. Pour into a tumbler filled with ice and top up with tonic water.