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Classic Gin and Tonic

A Perfectly Refreshing Highball Cocktail
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What’s the quintessential warm weather cocktail to me?  That’s easy; a classic Gin and Tonic. It’s light, refreshing and beyond easy to make. It’s also the perfect batch cocktail to serve, which is always a plus in my book when entertaining.  And I don’t know about you, but a classic G&T holds very fond memories for me as my first true “adult” beverage getting me through the majority of the good and bad that accompanied my twenties.

Known as “the breezier cousin” of a cocktail like a Manhattan, the Gin and Tonic is a sophisticated, yet simple sip.  I find that a lot of other “sophisticated” cocktails end up being more work than they’re worth, but that’s not the case with this libation. But the secret to making a crisp Gin and Tonic at home that tastes as good as any you’d order at a bar: properly chilled glasses and plenty of ice. It’s crucial to keep this cocktail cool for best sipping results. 

For a classic Gin and Tonic, I stick to Seagram’s Tonic Water.  BUT if I’m looking to add another flavor to mine, I’ll simply use Elderflower Tonic Syrup for a wonderfully bold floral addition. Also, word to the wise: lime can quickly overpower the gin in this cocktail, so be easy with the garnish.  Lemon can offer a more subtle flavor, but it’s really all up to your preference when enjoying your Gin and Tonic.  If you’re feeling extra creative, consider adding coriander, peppercorn or a sprig of rosemary or mint for another dimension. Tell me, how do you like your Gin and Tonic?  Cheers, friends!  Truly, MKR

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Classic Gin & Tonic
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces Gin
  2. 4 ounces Tonic Water
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  4. 1-2 lime wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a chilled rocks glass add gin, tonic water and fresh lime juice and gently stir until just combined. Top glass off with ice and garnish with lime wedges.
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  • I just helped myself to one of these last night after a long day of spring clean up outside. It was 78 down here in NC and it tasted so refreshing.

  • Carol Edmonds / 03.10.2016

    If Hendricks is your gin of choice, try substituting cucumber for the lime. A G&T is my go-to drink here in coastal south Texas. Very refreshing most any time of the year.

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 03.13.2016

    Thanks for the suggestion, I’m going to try that next time! xo

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 03.13.2016

    Sounds like a perfect end to your day! xo

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