Gin and Tonic

Clean, crisp and refreshing, Gin and Tonic is everything you could ask for in a cocktail. It’s a simple and classic drink perfect for cocktail newbies.

Gin and Tonic by The Little Epicurean

Before there was whiskey, I first loved gin.

When I was in college, I didn’t know much about alcohol and spirits.  At that time, my drinking knowledge was limited to sweet, fruity shots my cousins would buy me, light beers I’d taste at family parties, and tequila I’d sample from my parents’ liquor cabinet.  

I knew a little about mixing drinks from my dad, but I had no idea what cocktails were actually supposed to taste like.

I remember the first time I had a gin and tonic. A friend gave it to me. I drank it thinking it was sparkling water with lime.  

I kept drinking it thinking, wow, this is one tasty and refreshing beverage.  But by the time my friend gave me second one, I knew something was up.  I felt too relaxed and my cheeks were flushed and rosy pink.  

And then it hit me.  That sparkling water drink had alcohol in it!

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Classic Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Most places serve G&T with a wedge of lime. It’s up to the drinker to squeeze that lime or keep it as a garnish.

Use that lime! Lime juice provides a nice balance. The acidity of the lime juggles the sweetness of tonic water and the herbal flowery notes of gin.

When mixed with the proper ratios, gin and tonic is a wonderful introduction to cocktails. As with most classic cocktails, a perfect gin and tonic is a choice beverage for those with more sophisticated tastes as well.  

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How to mix the perfect gin and tonic:

STEP 1:

Add 2 oz of gin to serving glass.
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STEP 2:

Follow with 4 oz tonic water.

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STEP 3:

Add one tablespoon of fresh lime juice.  Add ice as needed. Garnish finished drink with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy immediately.

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Cheers! Once you’ve fallen in love with gin, here are some other gin based cocktail to try out:

Gin and Tonic

A simple and classic drink perfect for beginners as well as seasoned veterans. Clean, crisp and refreshing, Gin and Tonic is everything you could ask for in a cocktail.

Servings 1
Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 4 oz tonic water, chilled
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ice as needed
  • lime wedge to garnish
  • mint sprig to garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour gin into serving glass. Follow with chilled tonic water. Stir in lime juice. Fill glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and mint.

Gin and Tonic // The Little Epicurean

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Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

My husband’s favorite drink is gin and tonic. He said it is classy and nice, which makes a perfect drink during happy hours with coworkers. I personally like the citrus taste to it. As you said, refreshing. :)

Eri

These look excellent! Making one tonight :)

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