This is my brother Bob’s basic gin and tonic cocktail recipe and this is what he would say about the delicious drink it makes: “Simple, yet elegant.” But he says that about a lot of things.
I have made a million gin and tonic cocktails in my day. Okay, a million might be a slight exaggeration, but I’ve made so many of these babies that I’ve lost count. So a million should cover me.
Even though I worked in a Mexican restaurant a million years ago (okay, a million might be a slight exaggeration, but it was so many years ago that I’ve lost count) and margaritas were the drink of choice for most patrons, many people ordered gin and tonics. Many!
Maybe it was the era. Do you still like gin and tonics? I do because there is something very satisfying in the junipery gin taste mixed with the quinine and lime!!
Or maybe gin and tonic is just a timeless classic.
When I was growing up, my folks used to imbibe nightly cocktails. There came a time – and truly I wish I could remember exactly how old I was because I’m sure we’d all be shocked together – that they had the three oldest girls, including me, mix those drinks. I used to enjoy it, even back then. It seems to me that I made more of their drinks than the others, but that might just be my perception. My sisters would probably say the same.
On the other hand, I did go on to become a bartender.
My folks didn’t drink gin and tonics because my mom’s drinks of choice were vodka and tonic or whiskey and water. Even more, my dad’s were vodka and tonic or whiskey and ginger ale (the classic highball).
So where did gin and tonics come into the picture?
My distant cousin and friend, Ron, and I used to drink them together. The way I made the gin and tonic cocktail back then differs from my brother’s recipe. I made a more boring gin and tonic.
So, we recently went to brother Bob’s and his wife Ginny’s home and he made his version of the gin and tonic for me and Robyn. As a result, I was reminded once again how delicious and refreshing it truly is. And so I decided to blog about it.
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The mixing of the basic gin and tonic cocktail
This easy cocktail has three ingredients! Gin, to begin with. Tonic water. And, finally, lime juice.
Let’s get started.
I fill my cocktail shaker ½ way with ice and measure out 2 ounces of gin and squeeze the juice out of ½ a lime. Also, I cut two small lime wedges for the garnish and set those aside.
Next, I grab my double old fashioned glass, cap my shaker and shake those two ingredients together. I pour the contents into the glass and pour the tonic water to fill the glass.
Finally, I take the two lime wedges, squeeze their juice into the glass and plop the wedges in as well.
My old way of making gin and tonics was to measure out the gin, fill the glass with tonic water and squeeze in one lime wedge.
This way is so much better! For reals.
Let’s look at the vertical view.
I take a sip the gin and tonic cocktail and sigh.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
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Bob's Basic Gin and Tonic Cocktail
- 2 ounces dry Gin I used Bombay Sapphire
- .50 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
- 5 ounces tonic water
Let's Do This
- Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice
- Add gin, lime juice and cap the shaker and shake 10 times
- Pour contents into glass and fill it up the rest of the way with tonic water
- Squeeze the 2 lime wedges into the gin and tonic and drop the wedges into the glass