Suze Tonic

August 24, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

From Rebekah Peppler's Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way: Just before a summer storm, I met a friend for an apéritif at a café in between our apartments. We sat outside on those ridiculously French wicker chairs and watched the clouds roll in while sipping Suze Tonics. I wrote this recipe on the spot. (I’d like to say it was on a napkin, but c’mon, it was in my notes app.) In an easy twist on the standard G&T, subbing in assertive Suze adds an earthy, oral bitterness to the drink while also lowering the alcohol content (drink two!). —Rebekah Peppler

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: A Refreshing Session Cocktail Perfect for Slow Summer Sipping —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 ounces Suze
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 5 ounces dry tonic, chilled
  • 1 piece lemon wedge
  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add the Suze, lemon juice, and bitters and stir to combine. Top with the tonic. Finish with the lemon wedge.

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Rebekah Peppler is an American writer and food stylist living in Paris. Her clients include the New York Times, Real Simple, Food Network, and multiple cookbooks. Her next book, Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way (Clarkson Potter) will be released in October 2018. She is also the author of Honey, a Short Stack Edition. You can find more on and

1 Review

FrugalCat August 26, 2018
If you use Q brand tonic, you may now call this a SuzyQ.