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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!