Celebrate June & Tonic With Fords Gin At These Favorite Bars Around New York City

June is one of our favorite months in New York City, the temperatures rise and the streets are buzzing with an energy that can only be found in New York. June & Tonic has been declared the vibe for the month and we are down to support this idea now that we are able to head back to bars. So we have linked up with our friends at Fords Gin to talk about the Gin & Tonic and their favorite spots to enjoy this classic cocktail and all its glorious variations.

June & Tonic gives us a whole month dedicated to the Gin & Tonic cocktail which has been a massively popular cocktail call around the world and is picking up steam here in the U.S. Originally concocted as a treatment for malaria in the 1800s, this was given to the Britsh Navy traveling to India as a more palatable vehicle for quinine.  Tonic water in those times had high levels of quinine, which is extremely bitter, so sugar was added and gin. It became such a staple of the British Navy, Winston Churchill once declared, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

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As the Gin & Tonic, aka G&T, has been experiencing a moment here in the U.S., we can see it served as a highball, bowl glass Spanish style, with fancy artisanal tonics, with mixtures of fresh fruits & herbs … it is just a perfect warm weather sipper. And we want to try them all!  After some serious consideration, we created a list of some of the best of the best in New York City with the help of the finest at Fords Gin, Tim Cooper & Martim Smith-Mattsson.

Celebrate June & Tonic with these Fords G&Ts

Whitehorse Tavern

Gastro Pub

Hudson Tonic with Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve, La Quintenye Blanc Vermouth, Tomrs Tonic, Sparkling Water

567 Hudson St., New York; www.whitehorsetavern1880.com

Katana Kitten

Japanese Izakaya Fare

Shiso Gin & Tonic with Fords Gin, Shiso, Lime, Tonic

531 Hudson St., New York 10014; www.katanakitten.com

Fandi Mata


Fandi G&T with Fords Gin, London Essence Rosemary & Grapefruit Tonic, Cucumber, Grapefruit peel

74 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222; www.fandimata.com

Image: Eric Medsker

Dirt Candy

Vegetarian Restaurant

The C&T with Fords Gin, celery, lime, ancho Reyes and tonic

86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002; www.dirtcandynyc.com

Pig Beach

Outdoor bar & bbq eatery

Southern Belle Switch with Fords Gin, watermelon juice, Yuzu, thyme and tonic

480 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231; www.pigbeachnyc.com

Dante West Village

Cocktail Cafe

Mediterranean Tonic with Fords Gin, manzanilla, olive bitters, pinch of salt, london essence tonic and bubbles

551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014; www.dante-nyc.com

Bar Meridian

Neighborhood Cocktail bar

The Sheridan- Fords Gin, house made honeyed jasmine tonic, with lemon and orange peel

406 Prospect Park Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238; www.barmeridian.com

Broken Shaker

Tropical Cocktail Bar

Shaker G&T with Fords Gin, Tonic, Watermelon/Basil Shrub

23 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10010; www.brokenshaker.com

Image: Eric Medsker


Southern Italian Restaurant

G-Tonico with Fords Gin, Tonic, Charred Lemon, Rosemary, Coriander

30 W. 18th st, New York, 10011; www.scampinyc.com

Momofuku Ssam Bar Pier 17

Asian Eatery by David Chang

Ma Peche – jasmine infused Fords Gin, peche liqueur , umeshu plum, and Indian tonic

89 South Street, Pier 17 New York 10038; www.ssambar.momofuku.com


Italian Restaurant

Gin and Tonic “di Grinta” – Fords Gin, Amaro Grinta, rosemary, lime and tonic

211 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn NY 11205; www.evelinabk.com

Public Records

Arts Organization/ vegan restaurant and bar

Gin+Tonic – Fords gin, house-made tonic, pink peppercorn, grapefruit

233 Butler St., Brooklyn, NY 11217; www.publicrecords.nyc

For more information on Fords Gin and to keep up on June & Tonic action, follow them on Instagram @fordsgin and check out their website fordsgin.com

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