Monday, May 16, 2011

when the weather starts to get warmer

(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.

10 comments:

Karin said...

I remember how my parents, thirty years ago or so, always made gin-tonic in the summer. It brings back lots of memories. Great pictures!

Heath Ashli said...

Do you use any sweetener, like Agave?

Emma said...

A lady after my own heart - my favourite alcohol drink :D It's just one of those classics.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I want to smell this gin.

Sammi said...

Half way through reading it was I going to suggest Henrick's gin. It's much different to the other ones! Also, try using cucumber... A friend of mine recommends it :)

KPiep said...

That was always one of my favorite drinks, too. My brother (who worked in a fine hotel) used to make them for me during the year we lived together in college.

Anonymous said...

Try that with white and dry Portwine instead of gin tonic and add two leaves of fresh peppermint!

Greetings from Portugal,
Manuela

molly said...

You know what? I never know where to comment, because it is all so good. I landed here, today, but I could as easily have landed above, or below.

Just keep it up. And as always, thanks for sharing.

xo,
Molly

Francesca said...

The only cocktail I really like is Campari.

delightfulchildrensbooks.com said...

That's it! Your life is so similar to mine -- the hockey, lupine, beaches...and now gin-and-tonics -- but much more beautifully photographed!

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Take care,
Amy