Summer Vintage Cocktail: A Bootlegger’s G & T


For this week’s cocktail, I decided to go with a simple Gin and Tonic. Gin was one of the most commonly consumed alcohols during The Prohibition Era. The Temperance Movement vocalized that alcohol was the cause for all of society’s corruptions. This made manufacturing, distribution and consumption of alcohol illegal up until the thirties. Despite the ban, Gin was still manufactured or imported secretly by bootleggers and gangsters. The Prohibition Act made the demand for alcohol skyrocket. The product was traded and sold illegally for over a decade and organized criminals profited enormously.

With the ban on alcohol ending in 1933, the recipe to make Gin has evolved throughout the years. The Prohibition Era’s bootlegged product used accessible ingredients like potatoes and sugar. With that in mind, it only made sense to keep this week’s cocktail recipe basic in comparison. Using raspberry simple syrup, lime juice and mint, this beverage will let you relive the Speak Easy underground of the early 1930s.

Recipe: A Bootlegger’s Gin & Tonic


Ingredients: 1 Cup Raspberries, 1 Lime, Handful of Mint Leaves, 1 oz Gin, 1 Can Tonic Water, 3Tb Brown Sugar

Mint Ice Cubes (To Make Ahead of Time)

  1. Separate mint leaves from vines
  2. With an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water
  3. Add a mint leaf to each cube
  4. Freeze

Note: I have been adding these mint ice cubes to water and iced tea as well and they are very refreshing. Aside from the occasional cocktail, remember to hydrate in the summer heat!

Raspberry Simple Syrup (To Make Ahead of Time)

  1. Fill a small pot with ½ cup of cold tap water
  2. Bring the pot to a boil using high heat
  3. Once the water is boiling, add sugar and raspberries
  4. Stir and keep heat on high for 3 minutes
  5. After 3 minutes, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes
  6. Once timer goes off, turn off heat, stir mixture and mush the raspberries with a spoon
  7. Pour mixture into a heat-proof container and refrigerate

Gin & Tonic

  1. Pour 1 Tb of chilled raspberry simple syrup into the bottom of a tumbler
  2. Add 1 oz of Gin
  3. Add ½ can of Tonic Water
  4. Add ice cubes
  5. Garnish with one slice of lime
  6. Stir and serve