I’m a big fan of the classic Gin and Tonic, which is funny because I spent most of my formative years hating gin. Turns out I hated cheap gin, but that’s another story for another campfire. Anyway, I took a long bike ride with the kid this afternoon and as I stood in the kitchen slightly sweaty and more than a little butthurt I decided that I need to find a G&T and make it a special one.
First up, I grabbed my second favorite Spanish Gin, Mahon Xoriguer, which is cool because it is grape alcohol based. Slice up a lime and squeeze about half of it in a glass. Then instead of my usual, grab a fancy tonic water, I decided to make my own using El Guapo’s excellent Tonic Syrup. So add 2 ounces of gin, about 3/4 ounce of lime juice, 1/2 ounce of Tonic syrup to a glass and give it a stir. Add ice and top this mixture with 3 ounces of sparkling water or club soda. If you want to be fancy, pour the soda down the handle if your bar spoon, I always choose to be fancy with this step. Give it a quick swirl and top with a lime wheel. Drink and think to yourself how it really is the little things that make it worth living.
Speaking of living well, you know making great cocktails is just science, right? When you want things to be better, trust the science.