A friend was having heartburn so I mixed up this as a curative: Ginger ale, bitters, and aromatics are all good for the stomach. The other stuff just tastes good.
The (Indian) Summer Tonic
1 oz. gin
3/4 oz. creme de cassis
1/2 oz. melon liquer (or Midori)
2 dashes orange bitters
Add the first four ingredients to a tall highball glass over ice, fill with ginger ale. Stir to blend or leave it separated for a nifty color effect. Garnish with an orange wedge or wheel. (I used a Grand Marnier-soaked orange slice.)
Use ginger beer for a stronger spice kick.
The drink is exceptionally light and is perfect for afternoons and hotter days. It’s also great for your less tipsy friends who don’t want something too alcoholic, but it’s also not super sweet like so many “girly” drinks. Don’t be afraid of the Midori, people.
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