Among the traditional yet evergreen summer drinks, is the gin and tonic. Gin and tonic is originally a British drink that was made to mask the terrible flavours of quinine and tonic, which was drunk to fight off malaria.
Ever since the addition of gin to the drink came about, it became one of the most popular drinks in the world. Ideal for an idyllic summer day, this drink is simple to make, although its simplicity also renders it difficult to perfect.
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Classic Summer Drink: Making Gin and Tonic
The ingredients that you will need for making a gin and tonic are 2 ounces of Bombay Sapphire or London dry gin, tonic water (Fevertree being one of the best), a slice or two of line, ice cubes and a highball glass. You can also use a tall glass if you want to.
The very first thing that you need to do before mixing the drink is to chill the glass. This can be done by putting ice cubes inside and taking them out. Once the glass is chilled and cold to touch, you can put in the ice cubes for the drink.
Next, cut one side of a slice of lime and rub it over the rim of the glass. The lime is used to moisten the rim in order to add a hit of citrus. The amount of lime that you want to moisten the rim with depends on you. However, make sure that it is not too generous an amount. The flavour of the lime should not overpower that of the gin.
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After you have put in the ice cubes and moistened the glass, it is time to pour in the gin and tonic. Pour the gin first, and then the tonic till the glass is filled. You can stir the drink once but take care not to keep stirring.
Finally, you can cut a slice of lime and wedge it onto the glass. Some prefer to drop the lime slice into the drink for an extra dash of flavour.
Secrets of Gin
The most important aspect of making the drink is selecting the gin. This is because, the quality of the gin determines to a large extent the flavours and taste that are produced.
The best quality of gin is the Bombay Sapphire which consists of Javanese pepper, ten botanicals including cubeb berries and lemon peel along with juniper.
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The secret to making the perfect gin is to create a balance of flavours between the juniper and the bitterly sharp taste of the tonic. Make sure that you always use good quality tonic as well. There is also some debate over whether to stir the two elements or not, although a light stir is mostly preferred.
As mentioned above, gin and tonic is not a difficult drink to make, nor does it involve a complex mix of many ingredients. Nonetheless, the few ingredients of the drink make it all the more subtle and hence the balance of flavours is the most important aspect of making the perfect gin and tonic.