(Not that it's getting much warmer yet, here, but I'm an optimist. And, the forecast for this week looks good.)
The first cocktail I ever had was a gin and tonic, and it carries my heart to this day. I was at a catered party that had a full bar. I didn't know what to order; my friend Steve got me a gin and tonic. For some reason, I didn't try making one at home until a couple of years ago. It's become a favorite for a warm evening at home.
Here's how I make them. In advance, chill the tonic water and gin. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Add 2-3 oz gin, depending on your taste. I like Henrick's gin; the smell of it as much as the cucumber-y, green flavor. Add 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about half a lime). Top it off with 6 oz tonic water (I like fever tree tonic water - it comes in 6 oz bottles - I buy it at Whole Foods), stir well, and enjoy.