The “Persian & Tonic” has an ingredient that goes beyond the normal G&T

Tony Smith of Spice Kitchen & Bar in Gordon Square builds a variation on a gin and tonic that's infused with a big flavor.

When you’re looking for a cocktail that feels refreshing, a gin and tonic is a go-to order at the bar. But for a deeper dive that goes beyond the traditional flavors, give the softly-glowing green Persian & Tonic at Spice in Gordon Square a try.

Spice Kitchen & Bar (5800 Detroit Ave) is a farm-to-table eating destination that features a rotating seasonal menu that takes its ingredients and inspiration from their on-site hoop house or farm in Cuyahoga National Valley Park. The approach of “Whatever is growing” to building the day’s selections engages the staff’s creativity in the kitchen, but also behind the bar.

Tony Smith, bartender for Spice also needs to take what’s on hand, and transform it into unique cocktails and beverage offerings. This leads to straightforward approaches like juicing and garnishes, and more time-intensive methods, like picking, dehydrating, and marinating. In this and other upcoming “Drink This” videos that focus on Spice, Smith shows off the tricks of the trade they’ve learned that keeps people coming back to see what they’ve concocted next.