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. Debbie says

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

  2. Kitchenstance says

    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.

  3. J+S says

    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!


  4. J+S says

    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!


  5. Kate says

    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.

  6. Grammar Mom says

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

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