It’s Summer! And that means it’s time for that staple of summer cocktails, a Gin and Tonic!
This cocktail, also known simply as G & T, is certainly a classic. Gin was used to flavor quinine water in the 19th century as a preventative/treatment for malaria by British officers in equatorial climates. Of course, the tonic water with quinine available in today’s markets is not as bitter as it was then. Though many in the developed world don’t often think of malaria—still a persistent problem today (see here)—the drink remains popular as the warmer weather sets in.
What you’ll need: Gin, Tonic or Quinine Water
Measure out 2 ounces of gin and pour into a collins glass over cubed ice. Fill the glass with tonic water. That’s it! Optionally, you may garnish with a slice or wedge of lime.
Please note: Do not use a shaker for this drink! Not unless you want the shaker lid to pop off and hit you.
How I like it: This is a cool refreshing drink on a hot summer day, enjoying the heat in the shade of a deck or porch. The gin and quinine flavors blend nicely and if you add just that hint of lime juice, it can taste like lime soda. You may vary your amount of gin according to your taste. I prefer 2 or 2 1/2 ounces, and I like to add a dash of lime juice. For the tonic, I used Schweppes, a popular and readily available brand.
Also note: take care when drinking alcohol in the summer heat. Don’t get dehydrated. And as always, drink responsibly!