It’s Been a Long Week: The Signature Gin Tonic

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As true believers of the work hard, play hard mantra, we present you with It’s Been a Long Week, a weekly column aimed at awarding some liquid appreciation to you for just being yourself, dammit. Make yourself a glass or two, on us—  you deserve it.

Castell just opened its rooftop-doors above the bustling streets of the Garment District at AC Hotel. Like a secret enclave, the martini bar is a long-needed, swanky addition to the busy neighborhood. The space is a sleek and contemporary design with a landscaped garden terrace and other intricacies. Without a doubt, Castell will soon be a major destination for first-dates or plain-old summer boozing because of its intimate and lush vibe. The drinks are up to par as well with one of the best Gin & Tonic’s around. And in case you can’t make it over to Castell yet, they’ve shared their secret recipe with us~


  • 1.5 oz Hendricks Gin
  • Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic
  • Thin cucumber ribbon or wheels
  • Lemon twist
  • Dried star anise
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Place the cucumber ribbon along the inside of the glass. Fill with plenty of ice. Pour gin and top with tonic, to taste. Stir briefly. Garnish with star anise and a lemon twist.

Bottons up!