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Grapefruit and Ginger Gin + Tonic

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Inspired by Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time, this bittersweet, ginger and grapefruit gin & tonic blends flavors from the main character’s home in London with her travels to West Africa. Gin & tonic is an English invention, and a beverage similar to ginger beer is common throughout much of West Africa. The addition of grapefruit emphasizes the bittersweetness of both the cocktail and the book.


  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 1.5 oz ginger beer
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • Top with tonic water
  • Garnish with grapefruit and lime