Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, D.C.’s newest restaurant and lounge located in The Graham Georgetown Hotel, has taken a page from history and created authentic bathtub gin that will be used as the primary ingredient in their version of the classic Gin & Tonic.
Focusing on the purity of each component, Master Mixologist Daniel Barnes boasts that it’s the lightest and most effervescent gin & tonic ever, with hand-made gin, unfiltered tonic, lemon grass, citrus, and quinquina bark, all coming together in a mini porcelain bathtub. The presentation is finished with fresh mint and a silver straw, then served to the delight of wide-eyed guests.
The Alex’s hand-steeped gin is made using a Dutch method known to emphasis sweetness, then blended with unfiltered tonic water that is infused with lemon grass, citrus, salt and quinquina bark, the storied root with healing properties often touted in quinine.
Both the gin and the tonic are then hand-carbonated simultaneously, then poured into a mini porcelain bathtub over two large ice cubes containing Star-anise. The imaginative presentation is then finished off with a sprig of mint and a tall straw.
“The expressive aromas of the cocktail are enhanced with the smell of mint,” says Barnes. “Drinking from the little bathtub is not only fun, but it allows guests to take in all of the botanicals and aromas offered in this simple but complex concoction”.