We finally found a favorite tonic. Kathy shares how it got its name and more below. Jack Rudy was a daredevil?! Awesome. Now hurry, it’s Friday, make a G&T! -Maggie
I love a good Gin and Tonic. And a good G&T requires a high quality tonic – preferably one that is carefully crafted by someone who knows how it should taste. You see, I judge a bartender – or mixologist if you want to be en vogue – by how well they mix either a G&T or a Gin Gimlet. Neither should be a difficult drink to craft, but I’ve had terrible versions of both. Who puts sour mix in a gimlet? And, club soda is not tonic, c’mon people – keep up!
Needless to say, I’m always looking for a good small batch tonic, something I can have on hand in my cabinet, something that won’t go bad, or worse, flat. Then, I got the pleasure of researching Jack Rudy Tonic. Like a beacon of hope for G&T’s everywhere, Jack Rudy’s is what every home bar needs.
Jack Rudy’s is a tonic syrup, so it has shelf life and (Hello! Genius!) doesn’t go flat. I’m giddy about it. Giddy. This is a very cool company too – here’s the dish: Founded by Brooks Reitz (and his brother), Jack Rudy’s is made with care and love. It’s named after his (slightly) daredevil great-grandfather, Jack Rudy, who once flew a plane under a bridge, on a dare, without a pilot’s license. And, yes, it’s that Brooks Reitz who just won an Eater Young Guns Award for being a great mixologist.
And, can we talk about the packaging? It’s awesome, right? Dark apothecary bottles with a lovely paper label, this tonic syrup is sure to make my bar look brilliant. I want two bottles, one to drink and another to just stand stoically in the liquor cabinet looking gorgeous (or to work as a backup since running out of tonic before gin is such a travesty).
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