Signature
Marisa Chavetz / Supercall

Gin • Sweet
Coffee & Croissant

For his French-style Gin & Tonic, Nico de Soto of NYC’s Mace takes a culinarian approach, infusing an important part of French life into the cocktail: breakfast. “A Gin & Tonic can be approached as a base on which you can experiment with flavors from cuisine,” he says. He fat-washes French-made Citadelle Gin with brown butter. “It reminds me of the smell of a warm croissant in the morning,” he says. “And don’t forget what comes with the morning croissant—coffee.” De Soto adds cold brew coffee and a little vanilla syrup to his unique G&T, then garnishes it with a long swath of lemon zest and coffee beans.

The Essentials

Brown Butter Fat-Washed Citadelle Gin
cold brew coffee
Tonic Water
The Details
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Ingredients

1.5 oz Brown Butter Fat-Washed Citadelle Gin
.5 oz cold brew coffee
.25 oz Vanilla Syrup
Tonic Water
lemon twist, for garnish
coffee beans

Method

  • Add gin, coffee and vanilla syrup to a glass filled with ice.
  • Top with tonic and stir.
  • Garnish with lemon zest and coffee beans.
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Ingredients

30 g Quality Butter
1 750 ml bottle gin (de Soto likes Citadelle)

Method

  • In a pan, cook butter on low until brown.
  • Pour the butter into a bottle of Citadelle Gin and infuse for 1 hour, shaking every 10 minutes.
  • Freeze for 5 hours, then strain.
Vanilla Syrup
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Ingredients

1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar
1 vanilla bean

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and bring to a strong simmer.
  • Allow the mixture (including the vanilla bean) to cool overnight.
  • Strain syrup through a fine sieve and discard the vanilla bean.
  • Refrigerate for up to two weeks.