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how to draw on food: gin and tonic cookies

I made these gems for the host of a pool party who has a penchant for gin and tonics. A penchant I understand well.

the drink
Before you begin, you may want to fix a cocktail.

Fill a glass with ice cubes.
Pour in 3 ounces of gin, I prefer Tanqueray or Bombay.
Add 4 ounces of tonic water.
Squeeze a slice of lemon into drink and stir.
Sip and enjoy.

the cookie
You can draw these gin and tonics on your preferred surface: rolled and cut-out fondant, marshmallows or royal icing that has dried. I did this: Cut out cookies (using a 2 1/4 inch square cutter), made white frosting (using Americolor soft gel pastes, Bright White), prepared a frosting bag with size “5” tip and filled with white, piped a square, thinned the frosting and flooded the center (see step one here), let dry very well, piped another square at the edge and coated with green sprinkles, and brushed off the excess.

the drawing

You will need up to 5 colors of food coloring pens: black, green, lime green, red (optional) and blue (optional). Some notes on the pens: Most sets only come with one green. I used the green from my trusty Americolor Gourmet Writer set as well as the KopyKake Food Coloring pens, which have two greens, including a lime green. To get the fine detail for the black, I used my FooDoodlers. I know, this is a lot of markers to buy. You could probably get along with one green though. Or only use the KopyKake set.

how to draw a gin and tonic:
(click on drawing below to enlarge)
1. draw a semicircle with the darker green
2. draw three triangle segments with the lime green (leaving white space between, as there is no white marker)
3. sketch an outline around the lime slice with black
4. draw the glass with black (an oval at the top, two slanted lines, and a curved line at the bottom)
5. draw an oval for the top of the drink
6. draw ice cubes and little circles for bubbles
7. if preferred, draw some faint blue highlights in the ice and glass
8. if preferred, make a line for a stirrer with red

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  1. Haniela
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Love these, so fun!

  2. somethingedible
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    You had me at gin.

    Seriously, they look great; makin' me crave a second nightcap!

  3. Debbie
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    You are so creative, I even bought some edible pens just so I can start writing on my cookies thanks to you!

    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I love your work.
    Best regards,

  5. Cheddar Cheese
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    creative food work.. awesome.. admired it

  6. Kitchenstance
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    These are so so SO awesome!! I totally want to try something like this, although I think I might have to think of some different cocktails since I'm not overly fond of gin and tonic…. or maybe I should just give that another try. 😉 Kudos for being so incredibly creative.

  7. Jennifer (Savor)
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    So my friend, how long do you think this would take a beginner to do? Did you subscribe to my new RSS feed yet?

    Can I interview you for my blog?

  8. J+S
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    You always have the best ideas and tips for drawing on cookies. Now about Wagamama…am I thinking correctly that you live in the DC area? I heard a rumor that Wagamama is coming there soon…if it's true, I envy you!


  9. J+S
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Here's a link to the article on Wagamama in DC. I hope it's true!!


  10. Anonymous
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    I love these!

  11. kristen
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    can you draw on a gin and tonic too? these are so cute!

  12. J+S
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh no, that's tragic that Wagamama is re-evaluating their decision for DC. :( I found an article online that the private equity firm that owns them is looking to sell, so maybe that's why.

    Guess we'll just have to go to London!


  13. Kate
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Cocktail cookies are right up my alley. I just did a little drawing on sugar cookies for back to school cookies. They're such a fun tool to decorate with.

  14. Grammar Mom
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    These are totally and completely adorable. I can't imagine the patience you must possess to get this detail! You are my hero.

  15. Katie Yoon
    Posted September 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    wow! very unique cookies! LOVE them so much!

  16. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    YOU are awesome! Thanks for going step-by-step through the drawings…that is *not* my forte! :)

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