There’s only one cocktail I make deliberately light on the booze, and that’s the Gin and Tonic. Is there a more perfect summertime drink? Refreshing, charmingly straightforward and with the added bonus of warding off both malaria and scurvy – the G&T is a classic for a reason.
A Gin and Tonic has four ingredients: gin, tonic water, lime and ice. That’s it. This is not a drink to get cute with. Attempts to do so are…unsettling.
But, because the drink is so simple, each ingredient has to carry its weight. The lime must be fresh and juicy, the ice clean and untainted by freezer flavors. The gin must be good gin – I’m a fan of Hendrick’s. And the tonic water must carry it’s medicinal heritage proudly without overwhelming the other players.
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