Cocktail Friday: Gin & Tonic
One of my favorite cocktails is the classic gin & tonic. It isn’t fussy or complicated and it always makes me think of sitting outside in the sun, leaves rustling in the trees overhead and birds darting back and forth in the blue skies. There is something so wonderful and peaceful about these first few weeks of spring and early summer. Everything is new and fresh, just begging to be enjoyed. Kind of like a gin & tonic, yes?
A good G & T starts with a good quality tonic water. I didn’t used to feel like the difference was great enough to warrant anything but the typical grocery store brand. While there is nothing inherently wrong with using what’s most available, I find searching for something of better quality results in a less sugary, subtle flavor allowing the gin and lime juice to shine through. On that note, make sure you use a good gin. My favorites are Heritage Distilling’s Elk Rider Gin & Prairie Gin.
I’ve mentioned before that having a few crunchy, salty bites during cocktail hour and sweet potato chips are at the top of the list. Their lovely color and light crispness works beautifully with a light, refreshing gin & tonic. I’ve also been known to enjoy a few classic potato chips…the saltier the better! I know- I’m judging myself a little too. But everything in moderation, right?
I like my gin & tonics on the small side. Many recipes call for twice as much gin and tonic water than mine, so feel free to adjust as desired. I also like my G & T to have plenty of lime juice, so add more or less depending on what you prefer. Cheers!
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz tonic water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- lime wedges for garnish
- Fill a short cocktail glass with ice.
- Add the gin, tonic water, and lime juice.
- Stir gently to combine.