Monday, May 19, 2008

The perfect Gin & Tonic

I can't believe I haven't written about the perfect Gin & Tonic yet! I guess they aren't really food, but in my household they might as well be. Yesterday's post about the Stilton with Lemon made me realize that all my loyal readers would benefit from a lesson on how to make a perfect Gin & Tonic!

I have to credit my Dad with developing this recipe. Towards the end of college I found out I was allergic to beer and wine. I can still drink hard liquor, so as a result I had to go in search of the perfect drink. Dad pulled together my love of all things sour and gin, and came up with this. It has quickly become my standard.

The secret "ingredient" isn't really an ingredient at all. It's the lime squeezer. We have tried a couple different types, but the only one that really works looks like this -

You can buy it on Amazon, and I would highly recommend getting one. Then all you need are limes, gin and tonic. The types of gin and tonic you get are purely preferential. When I am celebrating I like Bombay Sapphire, but on an average evening I will go for something a little less pricey. For tonic, I enjoy the regular stuff better, but on a day to day basis I use diet.

Then the recipe is as follows:

1/3 Fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/3 Gin
1/3 Tonic
3 ice cubes

It's more like a Gimlet with a splash of tonic, than your average G&T, but it's super refreshing, nice and sour and you can really taste the gin. I'm working on converting everyone I know, my in-laws aren't sold yet, but my sister and brother-in-law as well as TC and JW have come over to the sour side!

1 comment:

Larry said...

Freeze the gin. Freeze the glasses like you would a beer mug. Just don't use a beer mug. Make sure the tonic is refrigerated and you will get more fizz without the ice melting. Getting plastic ice cubes that don't melt will work too. Of course we are all to lazy to do all of that, so--drink fast!