First step, change up the tonic. Most of the sweet, standard tonics trample all over the gin's floral flair. Subtler tonic waters, like Q or Fever-Tree, keep the quinine bite without the cloying sweetness, letting the gin shine through.
Next, add some herbs. I was afraid rosemary would overpower the drink. But it's barely there, playing off the Hendrick's botanicals. The combo - as Hendrick's says - is not for everyone, but fans of bold gin should enjoy this twist on a summer cocktail staple.
Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
3 sprigs rosemary
2 oz. Hendrick's Gin
4 oz. tonic water (preferably Q or Fever-Tree)
Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a highball glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 1 ounce gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.
Strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.
(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)