RECIPE IDEA: Gin and Tonic, the Ultimate Summer Drink
Hi, it’s Lois in the kitchen at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about my favorite alcoholic summer beverage, a Gin and Tonic. I generally just eyeball it when I make this drink, but I’ll give you the quantities in the recipe.
Don likes his Gin and Tonic with just a small quantity of ice; I like a whole glass of ice with the three ingredients added after the ice. We both like the drink delivered in a tall glass. When you order a Gin and Tonic in a bar, it is often served in a short highball glass. I think the proportions must be different in this type of glass because they always taste different (weaker) in the short glasses. But it might just be my imagination. (Or it might be the difference between making it yourself and buying one in a bar.)
When I make a Gin and Tonic for myself, I fill my tall glass with ice, fill about 1/4 of the glass with gin (about 1-1/2 ounces), fill the glass with Schwepp’s Tonic (the best one, I think!), squeeze about 1/8 a lime into the drink, rub the lime around the rim of the glass and add a fresh lime slice to the glass. I also stir the drink to mix the ingredients.
When I make Don’s drink, I only put in about three or four ice cubes and I still fill 1/4 of the glass with gin (so he gets a bit more gin than I do—maybe 2 ounces). He also doesn’t like as much lime as I like, so I simply put in a tiny squeeze of lime, and then use that lime slice to coat the rim and garnish the drink.
How do you make your Gin and Tonic? Or do you have another favorite beverage? Do you drink different drinks in the summer than in the winter?
Gin And Tonic
- 1-1/2 ounces Gin
- 4 ounces Schwepp's Tonic
- 2 slices lime
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add the gin.
- Add the tonic.
- Squeeze one lime slice into the glass, stir.
- Rub the lime slice on the rim of the glass.
- Add a new lime slice to garnish.
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