How do you make the perfect gin and tonic? It’s all about the details in this classic cocktail.
When it comes to wine, there are lots of rules about when to drink a red and when to drink a white. The only problem is white wine never hits the spot for me. Occasionally on hot days, I’ve been persuaded. Inevitably, I find myself one or two sips in wishing that I had a glass of red instead.
Still, the days have been hot and muggy here. It feels like someone soaked a flannel blanket and then threw it over the state.
So when I’m in the mood for something cool and refreshing, I turn to a crisp gin and tonic. With fresh mint and a squeeze of lime, it has just enough sweetness to put you in a lounging on the patio mood, but without coating your mouth with a layer of syrup.
Since the two main ingredients are right there in the name, making a classic gin and tonic is easy. However, the magic is in the details.
For the perfect gin and tonic, you start with fresh mint leaves. Add a couple of clean leaves to a glass and muddle them in the bottom. Then toss in two or three ice cubes and a shot of gin.
Add to that a tonic that’s sweetened with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.
Finally, finish off the drink with two wedges of lime. Squeeze both of them into the drink, and give the rim a swipe with the fruit of the lime. That way with the first sip, you get an extra hit of lime.
The perfect gin and tonic
- 2 fresh mint leaves
- 2 to 3 ice cubes
- 1 shot gin
- 4 to 6 ounces tonic water
- 2 lime slices
- Muddle two fresh mint leaves in a rocks glass or highball glass.
- Add 2 to 3 ice cubes and a shot of gin. Fill the glass the rest of the way with 4 to 6 ounces of tonic water.
- Squeeze in two lime slices. Before putting the last lime slice in the drink, swipe the fruit around the rim of the glass.