Silk Highway Cocktail by Fever-Tree
“I was immensely inspired by the origins of tonic. When British colonies protected their trade routes for exotic spices and imports along the Silk Road, they discovered local tonics in the 19th century, which included Indian quinine. The British added seltzer, sugar and eventually gin to balance the taste and enhance its effects. My cocktail pays homage to history by using London dry gin, Fever-Tree Tonic, fig, citrus and cinnamon to really capture the spirit and flavours of the Silk Road.” Stef Fernandez, Bar Tulia, Naples, Florida, USA.
2 figs, plus an extra slice to garnish
2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters or Angostura Bitters
1 cinnamon stick
15ml (1 tbsp) fresh lemon juice
20ml (4 tsp) demerara or brown sugar syrup
45ml (3 tbsp) Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin
30ml (2 tbsp) Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
Cut the figs in half and then muddle in a cocktail shaker. Add the bitters.
Rapidly grate the cinnamon stick for 5 seconds into the shaker, then add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin.
Add ice and shake well.
Add the tonic water to the shaker and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes.
Garnish with a fig slice and the remainder of the cinnamon stick.