I love Gin & Tonic, quaffable year round but one hell of a summer refresher. Tonic for the most part blows as what’s available can contain junk such as saccharine, are high in sodium, and usually contain those mysterious “natural flavours.”
Don’t even get me started on diet tonic. That is just.. wrong.
What do I use? Q Tonic. It’s truly delicious. Literally the ingredient list is: triple purified water, organic agave, handpicked quinine, lemon juice extract, and bitters.
Fever Tree and Whole Foods 365 use cane sugar but have one or more of those “mysterious” flavour listings but they’re great in a pinch. I have to say though, that The Fever Tree Ginger Beer makes me swoon a little bit it’s so good. I completely ignore the ingredients when I get a bottle as a treat. Mm… spicy. Anyway, as you know, Schweppes from the bodega whilst going to Coney Island for secret cocktails in brown paper bags is the way to go. But for home? Q.
You already know how to make a G&T so how about something… a little different? From my mom and please note that we like to drink, a lot, in my family. Cocktail hour is always at 4pm:
- 16oz Gin – please use something good like.. Bombay or Bombay Sapphire, any of the Tanqueray’s, Plymouth, Beefeater – my drunk great aunt’s favourite! and you’ll be good to go. I would rather have a good gin for flexibility rather than have different levels of quality.
- Juice of 8 limes
- Thin slices of cucumber – Kirby or Persian’s, say no to seeds in drinks!, scrubbed about 1/2-1 cup in total
Take a mason jar, that’s what I use, add some ice, then all the ingredients except for tonic. Shake the crap out of it, then divide between 2-4 glass that have a few ice cubes in them. Top with tonic. Add some lime wedges if that rocks yer boat and BOOM! Summer has arrived.
Nerd Stuff: Don’t punch me but because I want to keep a Paleo Hit from being put out on me, here is some great info on the good, the bad and the ugly of agave and other sugar rats: Weston A. Price on agave, Stephen Guyenet’s take on fructose v glucose, and Mark Sisson’s “Definitive Guide to Sugar.” Choose your poison, ya’ll!
And well.. because I can’t seem to find a photo of the last round of these I made, GRR, how about a snap of Prince Charles having one of his own? Nice glass, sir.