Tried this tonight, but with Tanqueray subbed for the Brooklyn Gin (I thought it'd be similarly minimalist). It's fine. The Suze dominates, especially on the finish. I don't think the bitters are necessary, and I'd like more lime. Thanks, Zachary
If you're making this without making Chaim's lime cordial (recipe at the link), I would steep some lime peels in the gin/Suze combo until fragrant and then strain before adding ice and tonic.
This drink was rather (one might say "insanely") popular when I was at The Up & Up. While the gentian flavor from Suze isn't what I personally go to G&Ts for (side note: can we get a quinquina answer to Suze/Campari on the market?), this is a thoughtful, balanced drink with nerd interest but broad appeal.
Rafa - I thought about the cordial but it doesn't seem there's a good way to scale that down considering the time investment. Perhaps lime juice for the cordial isn't a good substitute? Thanks, Zachary
Craig - too much almond there. Almond + Suze sounds like a wrong path. Suze is just such a difficult thing to use. Rafa - as for a Quina sub for Suze... my first thought would be to make a tincture of lime and vanilla and dilute it with flat tonic water and a touch of OFW to 30 proof. Thanks, Zachary
I tried this using a lime cordial I make for gimlets (a sous vide prep of equal parts lime juice and cane sugar, with the lime peels being removed prior to juicing and being added in). I already got too much cocktail crap in the fridge so I wasn't looking to make another cordial just for this drink. The Brooklyn Gin is a typical New Western style gin (i.e lower proof--80 in this case--and citrus heavy with the juniper pushed to the background). I tend not to like gins in that style with G&Ts, and given there was already more citrus in my build using my cordial, I used Ford's. I liked the addition of Suze. Not sure I would serve this to my dad when he's looking for a G&T, but it's an interesting enough twist for the cocktail nerd crowd.
Also, there is--or was--a cinchona bark liqueur available (though with limited availability), Vicario Quina Liqueur. Not easy to find (got mine somewhere in Brooklyn a few years ago) but it was a really nice product.
I'm drinking one of these with the julienned lime from the above note + 1 tsp sugar to get in the cordial ballpark. It's much better than my first attempt - the massive whomp of lime oil tames the Suze bitterness nicely. Thanks, Zachary