DOTW: Gin & Tonic

Posted by Anita on 09.08.06 7:46 AM

G&T (c)2006 AECI know, I know… not very creative. But even though I’m back in foggy ol’ SF, I feel like I’m permanently parched from the Vegas jaunt. And — as if I needed another excuse — it’s Mom’s favorite.

Gin & Tonic
Fill an 8-ounce highball glass 1/2 to 3/4 full of ice. Add 1.5 ounces good (but not great) gin, and top up the glass with tonic. Garnish with a wedge of lime, squeezed if desired.

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Comment by Cameron

You’ll pay for it if you use rotgut, but the key to this drink is the tonic, not the gin. Buy the little bar bottles so that you always have fresh. If you can lay your hands on Schweppes Indian Tonic (it ain’t easy), it’s worth the extra effort.

Posted on 09.08.06 at 9:23AM

Comment by Lauren

At Park Kitchen in Portland, we had a g & t made with house-made tonic. The bartender makes it using quinine bark. It was by far the best g & t I’ve ever had. If anyone comes across a recipe for this, I’d love to have it.

Posted on 09.08.06 at 9:56AM

Comment by Anita

They were offering house-made tonic at Burb’n’Branch the other night, too. Must be the hip new thing…

Given how much bergamot juice I have in the freezah, I might try this route. Must search for a seltzer bottle, now…

Posted on 09.08.06 at 10:16AM

Comment by miche

As my favorite drink has always been the g&t (I’m talking since teenage years – lol), I’ll take this opportunity to let you know that I love your blog! Keep up the fun posts :)
miche in SF

Posted on 09.08.06 at 12:38PM

Comment by Anita

Hi Miche — glad you stopped by!

Posted on 09.08.06 at 12:40PM

Comment by Liz

My grandmother loved these. She believed in the cocktail hour and so I thank you for this lovely post!

Prosit. :)

Posted on 09.22.06 at 10:46AM

Comment by aaron

Bombay Sapphire makes the best G&T. It’s more balanced than some of the other gins.

Posted on 08.09.07 at 2:39PM

Comment by Anita

Hi Aaron (or can I call you Ann?):
Perhaps you overlooked the About page, where we talk about our ban on self-promotional comments? Does Moosylvania have an ethics policy? I didn’t think so.

Sapphire — lovely gin though it is — makes a tremendously terrible G&T. You want a gin with some bite to it for this drink. Save the top-shelf gins for martinis, kids.

Posted on 08.09.07 at 2:49PM

Comment by quazi

I agree — my favs for a g & t are Tanqueray and Plymouth. Tanq has the oomph needed and Plymouth has a slightly more complicated flavor. I think Bombay sapphire is too smooth for a g & t

Posted on 08.11.07 at 8:32PM

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