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Riesling and Tonic Cocktail

Courtesy Morgan Weber, co-owner/beverage director, Agricole Hospitality/Revival Market, Houston

Trocken is the German word for “dry,” and Weber recommends the bone-dry Peter Lauer Fass 2 Extra Trocken Riesling for this cocktail due to its slightly floral notes. He plays up the latter characteristic with a floral tonic and hibiscus grenadine. A pomegranate-based syrup like Employees Only grenadine can be used in a pinch.

Riesling + Tonic


4 ounces dry German Riesling
½ ounce hibiscus syrup (recipe below)
½ ounce lime juice
3 drops orange flower water
3 ounces Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
Grapefruit peel, for garnish


In stemless wine glass or rocks glass, combine Riesling, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and orange flower water. Fill with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Add tonic water, and gently stir to combine. Twist grapefruit peel atop drink to express oils. Use peel as garnish.

Hibiscus Syrup

Steep 1½ tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes. While still hot, add 1 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve. Let cool to room temperature and strain out flowers. Refrigerated, it keeps up to 2 months.

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