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Bloody Mary gets a surprising twist in this Red Snapper G&T

Transform your favourite brunch cocktail into a Red Snapper with Australian dry gin and add a splash of tonic water to lighten it up.


Part Bloody Mary, part G&T, our Red Snapper is going to become your go-to drink for brunches, lunches and beyond. Sweet, tangy and savoury with a serious chilli kick, it makes a cracking aperitif and a deliciously refreshing, recalibrating drink for the day after the night before. All you need is the best gin, the best tonic, our secret recipe and a shady spot in the garden to sit back and put your feet up.

How to make a Red Snapper gin and tonic

Ingredients (Serves 2):

Celery salt or chilli salt, to serve

1 lemon, cut into wedges

120ml Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

125ml tomato juice

20ml lemon juice

6 dashes Tabasco sauce

10ml Worcestershire sauce

Ice cubes, to serve

Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water, to serve

Long red chilli, to garnish



1. Place salt on a plate. Run 1 lemon wedge around the rim of 2 Collins or highball glasses and dip in the salt to coat.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker or jug with ice. Add the gin, tomato juice, lemon juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Shake or stir until well combined and chilled.

3. Fill the prepared serving glasses with ice. Strain the cocktail into the glasses. Top with tonic and garnish with remaining lemon wedges and chilli.

So, what is a Red Snapper cocktail?

It would be easy to dismiss a Red Snapper as a simple twist on a Bloody Mary but that’s where you’d be wrong! This cocktail has a character and complexity all of its own. Like a Bloody Mary, the Red Snapper is made with tomato juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, but it’s with the alcohol that things get interesting. In a Bloody Mary the vodka sits back and lets the spicy, fruity flavours take centrestage. That’s what makes it such a great – and easy drinking – brunch cocktail. A Red Snapper, on the other hand, replaces the vodka with gin. All of a sudden the cocktail has become an any-occasion drink that packs a satisfying punch. The complex botanical notes and citrus flavours found in gin are the perfect complement to the traditional spice and savoury tomato flavours in this drink.

What you need for this gin and tonic twist

If the Red Snapper is an elevation of the classic Bloody Mary, then the Red Snapper G&T is a game changer. The addition of tonic lightens the cocktail and cuts through the density of the tomato juice, making it very easy to drink. Fever Tree Indian Tonic is made with a handful of different botanicals and the oils of bitter oranges. It adds a clean and refreshing taste to the Red Snapper. But it’s the quality gin that takes centrestage here, so make sure it’s a show-stopper. In the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Australian oranges blend with spicier botanicals like cardamom for a flavour intensity … and remember, gin with intensity is the whole point of this cocktail.

More fresh twists on classic cocktails

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