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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Gin and Tonic: classic summer cocktail recipe

The Gin and Tonic is another classic cocktail that is great as a summer cooler.  I had my first Gin and Tonic back in my early twenties and thought it was just OK.  That was before I ever had one made with good gin.  Quality gin is the key to a good Gin and Tonic.  I like to use Bombay Sapphire®; sip it slowly and savor the flavor of the ten botanicals.  The Gin and Tonic was invented by the British in eighteenth century India to offset the taste of the quinine they were drinking to combat malaria, but it remains a popular cocktail whenever the weather turns warm.  I always thought that the Gin and Tonic was a low-carb drink until one day I saw a bottle of Diet Tonic Water and said “huh?”  It turns out that Tonic Water is loaded with sugar to offset the bitter taste of the quinine, so if you want to limit your carb intake to the alcohol carbs, be sure to buy Diet Tonic.


Gin and Tonic

2 oz Bombay Sapphire® Gin

5-6 oz Tonic Water

Fill a Collins or Highball glass with ice cubes.  Add the gin and fill the glass with Tonic Water and stir lightly.  Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.  Serve with a straw so you won’t have to over-exert yourself to drink it, put your feet up, and enjoy.


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