James Bolt’s Gin and Tonic

James Bolt, The Gin Joint | Charleston, SC

Third place in our recent Gin and Tonic tasting was won by James Bolt of The Gin Joint in Charleston, who used two ounces of Nikka Coffey Gin and twice as much Boylan Heritage tonic water, with a makrut lime leaf garnish. The surprising citrus flavors present in the Japanese gin helped the drink stand out for the judges.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Nikka Coffey Gin
  • 4-6 ounces tonic water, preferably Boylan Heritage

Garnish: slightly bruised kaffir lime leaf

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass over Kold Draft ice.
  2. Garnish with a slightly bruised makrut lime leaf.