The G & T (gin and tonic) has long been a standing favorite at happy hour. Believe it or not some people just don't like gin and we've even heard of juniper allergies, so we replaced the G with V, added a little kiwi for vitamin C, and voilá we've got an equally refreshing sip that may just become a serious summer cocktail contender.
This kiwi vodka and tonic is simple to whip up and makes for a gorgeous pitcherfull too. Whether you're making one or ten it's the ideal cocktail to kick off a warm- weathered weekend.
Vodka is typically more neutral in flavor (unless it's a flavored vodka), than gin, which allows for the kiwi and lime flavor to shine through in this cocktail. If you like your drinks on the drier side substitute club soda for the tonic.
Serve alongside some pita with a spicy raita or tzatziki and you've got yourself a brilliant happy hour in 10 minutes time.
Kiwi Vodka Tonic
Makes two drinks
1 kiwi, peeled
2 teaspoons simple syrup (mint infused simple syrup is delicious here too)
3 ounces vodka
2 lime wedges
Slice two wheels (or rounds) of kiwi and roughly chop the rest. Divide the chopped kiwi and simple syrup between two tumblers. Lightly muddle together the simple syrup and kiwi.
Fill the glasses three-quarters full with ice. Divide the vodka evenly between the two glasses. Top each with tonic. Add a squeeze of lime to each glass. Stir. Garnish each glass with a kiwi wheel.
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices (and advice) with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on Twitter @maureenpetrosky
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