Up until a few weeks ago, I'd been drinking gin with shitty ass tonic. There, I said it. And it's not like I've been sticking to the same tonic either. I've experimented with various varieties - fancy expensive bottles, with impressive fonts, classy names. The ones that scream 'oh hey pretty' from the shelf, cost an arm and a leg, and make at best, 2 drinks. If I spent that kind of money on tonic water, I'd be broke. So, I resort to drinking the crappy tonic from the QFC. The kind of tonic that burns your throat and puts hair on your chest. This means that I have to doctor up my drink with a bunch of lime wedges, the occasional cucumber slice, and some real good gin, hoping to mask the strong quinine flavor.
site, or I believe they now sell it at Crate and Barrel. The tonic is a concoction of concentrated lemongrass, orange peel, sugar and quinine, which turns out, is the perfect combination for a tonic. I've been using the tonic solely for g+t's, but I'm now at the point (and my bar is fully stocked) where I can confidently dabble with a few of the recipes they've provided on their website, leaning heavily towards the KY 75. I'm thinking that a bottle of this tonic would make a pretty great Christmas gift, along with a bottle of Hendricks, a few limes, and some collins glasses, wrapped up in a pretty decorative basket. I'm also thinking that this is the perfect holiday drink to help numb the frustration of listening to your great uncle yammer on about his diabetes while eating doughnuts and drinking diet coke.
JACK RUDY GIN AND TONIC
makes 1 drink
makes 1 drink
In a collins glass, add the gin, tonic, soda water. Stir.
Fill the glass with ice.
Add lime wedge. Enjoy