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The Best Gin and Tonic

My friends! I am on vacation, ready to read, write, and relax for a week straight, and it’s World Gin Day! I wasn’t planning to post today, but I am a sucker for a themed drink day… plus, after over four hours in the car, I just had to pour myself something delicious and share with you all the best gin and tonic recipe. It’s super simple, so let’s get right into it!

Seriously… it’s the BEST Gin and Tonic

Ingredients (with bonus commentary!)

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces of your favourite gin (I prefer Eau Claire’s Flourish when I’m at home, but Tanqueray is what we have here and it’s great in this recipe too!)
  • 5 ounces of tonic water (Fever Tree is yummy, though at home I also like to make my own tonic water with this tonic syrup and water from my soda stream)
  • Lime wedge (though if you get a good citrus-y gin, you can skip this step)
  • A few drops of a good olive oil (do not skip this! it adds a savoury balance that can’t be beat)
  • A pinch of salt (again… I normally do a sea salt at home, but this table salt worked just fine)
Gin and Tonic Ingredients

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in the order they appear. Give a little stir and enjoy a delicious, refreshing beverage!

The BEST gin and tonic!

I must give credit where credit is due – I watched the incomparable Michael Biggatini from Willow Park Wine and Spirits make this cocktail on an Instagram live in the early days of the pandemic and it has lived rent free in my mind ever since. It is simple to make, it holds up to basically any ingredients you have, it’s customizable… I often make it with a hibiscus tonic water or a pink gin or herbs from my Aerogarden instead of the lime or a splash of juice to replace an ounce of tonic.

As long as you keep the proportions generally the same, you can’t go wrong. So please, run to your cabinet and raise a glass to World Gin Day with the best gin and tonic. (Or if you’re not feeling the hard stuff today, feel free to try out my recipe for a shrub, aka the best mocktail!)


I must know – what are your favourite easy cocktail recipes? Or, alternatively, what drink days do you like to celebrate? Share in the comments!

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I have to give credit where credit is due – I absolutely got this idea from Kayla Nelson. She described walking for 30 minutes as the key to health and, hey, I was done my barre challenge so why not take something else on? (Sidebar: I discovered Kayla’s youtube channel just over a month ago and I’m officially obsessed. I love her realistic approach to fitness, food and wellness.)

I think we’ve all read about the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of walking, so I’m not going to belabor that here, I’m just going to do what I do best – talk about my own experiences!

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I know you are, babe.

But when you get into a consistent habit, it does actually feel so good. This is an anecdote that I share a lot, but several years ago I decided to prove to myself that I could build a habit… so I started making my bed every morning. And now, while parts of my morning routine will vary, making my bed is always a part of it. (Though I haven’t really taken this lesson forward to building other habits… maybe that’s a goal for this year!)

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Almost two years later on January 20, I had tickets to opening night once again. And, yes, it was well worth the wait.

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I have to admit that I didn’t exactly set out to brand myself as a non-fitness girl, but the more I think about it, the more accurate it seems. I’m just a girl who likes to move her body sometimes. (And always feels better when I do, as much as I don’t want to a medium percentage of the time.) And speaking of liking to move my body… I feel like a solid second Fitness Friday post is an old classic – my Fitness Routine.

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Well well well, my friends. Here we are, two weeks into January, and I return to my blog, full of inspiration and 24 spam comments to delete. What else is new?

I didn’t intend to take a break after Blogmas, but it was super nice and refreshing. Plus I probably should have expected it… the first two weeks back at work after the holidays are always crazy for me and this year was extra crazy, with the Omicron of it all. No matter how hard I work before the break to get ahead, there are always things that come up that I have to deal with when I get back. And I’m somehow always a little bit surprised by it.

Joey from Friends shocked gif
Shocking.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about…

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Yes. I am, like so many bloggers before me, going to do Fitness Fridays. It’s going to be a limited run for now, until the end of February, but who knows where the inspiration will take me!

It might seem like a misstep that I haven’t done this before. After all, “Fitness” is one of the five categories I picked when I first started this blog six years ago. (Oh dear… I don’t love that math.) The number of fitness posts I’ve actually written can fit on one hand, if you don’t count the one about my barre studio closing down. However, there is a very good reason for this…

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Okay, yes, the Covid outside is Covid-y. (Omicron has hit my province, just like pretty much everywhere in Canada.) And I’m not quite sure how that’s going to impact various areas of my professional life. But my employment is stable and safe, and I know how lucky I am even during challenging times. So I’m not going to complain.

Any, hey, I didn’t have to get any emergency dental work done during the Christmas break this year! And I was able to get into and out of my parking spot as needed for the entire break.

Small victories, my friends.

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YYCEats

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Beer 12 in fire place
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Ten Good Things

Today is Blogmas Day 22 and it is going to be another one of those little bit weird posts. This week of the year is always a little bit crazy for me. (I coordinate a course at work that starts first thing in the New Year and things always sort of pop off this week. There is no way to get ahead of it, it’s just the way it is.) Add to that the fact that the Omicron variant is popping off as well, which is obviously having an impact on post-secondary education, and… it’s been a time. But my blog started as a place for joy and distraction, and that’s what it’s always been for me. So today will be no different. Today, instead of dwelling in the stress, I am going to redirect my energies and challenge myself to write about ten good things that happened this week.

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