Hey readers – both of you - it’s Gin O’Clock! Want to see what the Cool Kids in my ‘hood are drinking?
Behold, I bring you the Perfect Gin and Tonic. This recipe is compliments of my neighbor. He was born in Great Britain, so he knows a thing or two about gin. Warning: If you ever drink with my neighbor, PACE YOURSELF, because these drinks? They will kick your ASS. He calls this the Perfect recipe. I have been known to request that he make them “less than perfect,” which, loosely translated, means, “please, I am getting drunk so would you use less gin.” He always replies, “you can just drink half of it.” (AS IF!)
PAUL’S PERFECT GIN AND TONIC
- One highball glass
- 7 ice cubes (not 6 or 8 )
- 2 oz. Bombay Sapphire or Bombay gin (seriously, people, life is too short for cheap gin. Adjust your tax withholdings on your paycheck to increase your net pay if this is going to be an issue for you. I am not kidding.)
- Schweppes Tonic Water (again, insist on the brand name here. Don’t come around with the generic crap because my neighbor will throw you out. He allows me to use Diet Schweppes, but only reluctantly.)
- Fresh lime (don’t even think about using bottled lime juice)
- Place ice cubes in glass.
- Pour carefully-measured gin over ice. (2 oz. = 1/4 cup.)
- Fill glass to top with tonic water. (One of those little bottles of Schweppes will make approx. 2 PG&Ts.)
- Rub wedge of lime around the rim of the glass, then squeeze into glass.
- Repeat steps 1-6.
- Repeat step 7.
- Repeat step 8.
- Stumble home.