Melt My Brain Ale | Classic Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic with lime
Gin & Tonic / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret

The Beer

Melt My Brain by Short's Brewery
Melt My Brain by Short’s Brewery

Melt My Brain (Short’s Brewery, Elk Rapids, MI); abv: 4%

Founder Joe Short describes his inspiration for this summer seasonal offering: “On a hot summer day while mowing my lawn, I started thinking about how good a gin & tonic would taste, but then I thought ‘I’m a beer guy, why don’t I try to make a beer inspired by a G&T?’”

The end result? A golden ale brewed with coriander, juniper berries and lime. Tonic water is added, which adds pearly effervescence, rather than classic beer foaminess. It’s light golden in the glass, with a lightly spiced aroma and lime tartness up front. Plunk in an ice cube, and it feels like a summery beer spritz.

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The Cocktail

Gin and Tonic Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • Tonic water, to top
  • Lime wedge (to garnish)

In Collins glass, stir together first three ingredients with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Published on August 23, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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