I am not about to post a recipe for a Gin & Tonic.
But I kind of am.
There is SORT of a recipe here. Not much of one. Think of this as more of a tip.
A Gin & Tonic is one of those standard drinks you can get anywhere and easily calibrate it your desired taste. Gin & Tonics are great, not only for the use of ampersand, but also for their refreshing value, something easily sought out in the hot and humid and dastardly summer months. Sitting at home on the porch playing cards or reading a book with a Gin & Tonic nearby is essential summer living. Or just essential. Or just living. I don’t know.
Like most things, it’s hard for me to just let the standard be the norm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.
In very late spring (pre-summer) we had a bit of a heat wave. A day where it was very, very, VERY hot. And very, very, VERY humid. The apartment my roommates and I had moved into turned out to NOT have central air conditioning, as we were lead to believe…by the thermostat and mostly the clause in the lease telling us to not turn the AC down below a certain temperature (which I believe was 65ºF). So that meant buying a window unit. Of course, the window in my room was a bit narrower than most windows. So the question of whether to buy a portable AC unit or a specialty window unit remained. As the heat kept increasing with each day, I knew that I had to do something. And fast. So to the stores I went, and nobody carried a size for my window. So online I went. I came across the perfect (cheap) window unit that would JUST fit into my window. And even better news, I could get it in a couple of days. Perfect! Right before the evil heat would come greet us.
Then Friday arrived and whilst at work, I got a text saying the my package was delivered but no dropped off because there was nobody home and no secure place to leave it. Ugh. Every other time I’ve stayed home to wait for a package, it didn’t arrive until after 5. So OF COURSE this would happen. And to make matters worse, it was a holiday weekend, meaning they wouldn’t come back until tuesday. TUESDAY! 4 days away! (On a related note, my roommate also ordered something from amazon that week and it was delivered by UPS on SUNDAY…UPS…THE SAME PEOPLE BRINGING ME MY AIR CONDITIONER.)
So, being a third floor apartment, needless to say, it was stuffy. And hot. And miserable. And without an air conditioner, I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep. My plan was simple. Drink enough to pass out. Smart, right?
My drink of choice, was the Gin & Tonic, because it’s instantly cold thanks to ice. No need to wait for the box of wine to chill. No shaking. All in one glass. Slice the lime up once and you’ve got it ready for 3 more drinks.
So now, this is where things get interesting, and by interesting, I mean, the whole point of me babbling. As mentioned before, this isn’t your ordinary, run of the mill Gin & Tonic. I add two more things for a light and refreshing taste: Grapefruit Bitters and St. Germain.
Yes, St. Germain, the perfect addition to just about ANY cocktail there is. I should maybe also mention my preferred gin of choice is Hendricks. Crisp and light thanks to the infusion of cucumber.
Now, this might seem like an alcoholic move, but I’ve been making my Gin & Tonics in a wine glass lately. Mostly because there’s always one in the drainboard (we like our wine). And they’re big. Follow your preferred Gin & Tonic ratio, add a few drops of bitters, a splash of St. Germain, a squeeze of lime and give a quick mix. Boom. Done. Drink. Repeat a few times. Pass out.
In the end, because that’s what this is, all I’m saying is to add those two little things to your Gin & Tonic for an ever better Gin & Tonic (if you even thought it was possible). Thank me later.