This post was sponsored by Citadel Gin and the book, Paris Cocktails. Vanilla Gin and Tonic made with Citadelle Gin is a slightly sweet and flowery cocktail - a unique twist on the classic G&T!
I love when people contact me and ask me if I'd like to create a recipe or review a book or, even better, receive a bottle of booze to try. This is the case with this recipe -- I was contacted and asked if I'd like to receive a review copy of Paris Cocktails and a bottle of Citadelle Gin. Saying no was not even a consideration, y'all.
I'm a gin and tonic girl. Well, I'm a vodka tonic girl and, to be perfectly honest, I never really enjoyed G&Ts too much until I got the Citadelle. Holy Moly! It's not like any gin I've had before and I am definitely keeping this stocked in the bar. It's very smooth and flowery - much different that the other gins I've had.
You know, I haven't travelled much in my life. I got married at 20 and had kids -- a one income family just doesn't have the extra to do much more than go camping. It was never an issue and I certainly don't regret having kids... but... I always wanted to go to Europe, and especially France. I had kind of stuffed those dreams down until I married my second husband (he's been literally everywhere except maybe Australia) and we took a couple of cruises.
All of those travel dreams came back to me in force. I may never get to France but I can certainly visit via the food and drinks I make. Someday maybe I'll get to do it but for now books, movies, and ingredients are the way I visit other countries and I am totally ok with that. UPDATE: My husband took me to France for my birthday in 2016!!!
Paris Cocktails leads you through Paris via the cocktails and bartenders that make them in the city. There are many I have never heard of and others that are made differently than I've made them in the past. It is full of information that I had never known and I know that I'll be using it a lot in the future. Not only are the more than 100 French and French inspired cocktail recipes but there are suggestions for throwing the perfect French party and a list of the classic French bars in Paris, the United States, and the world. I was thrilled to see Boulevardier, a local bar and restaurant, in there!
I made the gin and tonic in the book, a simple concoction of Citadelle, Fever Tree, and lemon. Although I hadn't bothered to use the more expensive Fever Tree tonic before the author explained that the flavor was much different so I splurged and got the good stuff. The difference is really is incredible!
My challenge was to take the basic French G&T and make it my own. I can't tell you (no, really, I can't) how many drinks I made and poured out, made and drank, made and forced my over-21 family members to drink in order to come up with something I loved. I persevered and, even as I write this, I can tell you that I am sipping the best gin and tonic ever.
Admittedly, I am a big fan of girlie drinks. My favorite are sweet, smooth, and taste like some sort of juice or soda. I can drink scotch, bourbon, whiskey, or whatever and I can drink it neat. I can probably drink most of you under the table BUT I prefer smooth, sweet, and soothing.
The Citadelle gin is, as I said, very flowery and naturally kind of sweet. I decided to add a piece of vanilla bean to see how that worked.
It worked good, y'all. Really good. The vanilla flavor complemented the flowery flavor of the gin perfectly.
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- 2 ounces Citadelle gin
- ½ inch piece of vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 4 ounces Fever Tree Tonic water
- 1 slice of lime
- 1 vanilla bean
- Add the vanilla bean to the gin and let sit for at least 15 minutes before mixing your drink. The longer it blends the deeper the vanilla flavor will be..
- Add the gin, the vanilla bean, and the lime juice to a chilled glass.
- Add ice.
- Pour the tonic water over the gin mixture.
- Garnish with lime and the vanilla bean.
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Both the book and the gin were provided to me at no charge. All opinions are my own.