Under the Gin-fluence

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In celebration of National Gin & Tonic Day April 9, Publisher Gina Stephens shares her top local G&Ts.

A lot of times a G&T is just a G&T—especially if you’re pouring OGs like Hendrick’s, Sutler’s or local fave Conniption. But the trick to a tantalizing twist is how the gin and tonic blends together. At STIR the housemade tonic makes all the difference—then it’s a choose-your-own adventure by picking the perf pour for your palate. Gina’s go-to is Conniption American—but if you’re looking to drink more like a sailor, go Navy strength. stirraleigh.com

The Longleaf Hotel

Sometimes it’s all about where you’re sippin’. Whether it’s the fresh air or DTR “laid-back” vibes—or both—there’s just something about sippin’ on “gin & juice” on The Longleaf Hotel’s primo patio. NTM the bar’s sundry selects of gin—and occasional live music. thelongleafhotel.com

Aunty Betty’s

Go to Aunty Betty’s for the half-dozen-ish made-in-house tasteful tonics—stay for the vast range of gins from across the globe… and that chill colorful speakeasy vibe. And no matter what potion you pick, it’s sure to be a G&T fave. Fun fact: Bar master Greg Ewan created all the G&T recipes that make up that dreamy drinkable botanical gin tree at Highgarden. auntybettysbar.com; highgardenraleigh.com

Libations 317

Life is better in color. Libations 317’s perfectly balanced violet-hued blend—garnered from the Empress 1908 with which it’s made—is a sip that’ll have you feeling like, well, royal-tea. chefhamm.com

You may know Dram & Draught as one of Raleigh’s best whiskey bars—because it literally is—but beyond the seemingly limitless neat pours is a well-curated craft cocktail list—and one of the top G&Ts in town. dramanddraught.com

Bonus Coverage: Gin lovers lookin’ to swill something beyond these G&T twists should let the evening be-gin at celeb chef Katsuji Tanabe’s just-opened a’Verde with the Sponsor Me—an elegant gin cocktail that Gina deems def worth sponsoring… straight into your sipper. averdecary.com 

Editorial Team Pick

Barcelona Wine Bar Flower GinTonic
Barcelona Wine Bar’s Flower GinTonic | Photo by Marc DePaul

The Spanish set the bar high when it comes to gin tonics—known as one of the most prolific cocktails in the country. Barcelona Wine Bar brings those revered concoctions to Raleigh via its delish GinTonic program. Choose from four different varietals—root, fruit, flower or classic—or just try them all.

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