Saturday, January 15, 2011

#65 Gin and Tonic

There is very little that goes into this British iconic drink, gin, tonic water, ice and a bit of lime. What really matters is the use of good ingredients, but is a very simple drink like the martini and very easy to get wrong.  The tonic water is slightly bitter given off by its quinine content and this has to be carefully added to prevent a potential devastating blow to a perfect Gin and Tonic. Even when done right, this may not be your favorite drink but I enjoy a perfect gin and tonic. It is rare to find a good Gin/Tonic in the bars in USA because they use the soda out of a gun instead of the actual tonic water. I am partial to Schweppes tonic water and here is my version where I add lemon juice.

4 cubes ice
2 ounces gin
4 ounces Schweppes tonic water
1 Tblspn fresh lemon juice
1/2 tspn sugar
1 Lime/lemon wedge

  1. Dip the rim of a glass in lemon juice and then in sugar.
  2. Place the ice cubes in the glass pour gin, sugar, tonic and lemon juice over the ice
  3. Stir with a long spoon, garnish and serve immediately.

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