When it's really muggy, and I'm fried from work, and stress, and travel, and I just want something cold and guzzlable, inexpensive hooch is the way I go. I'm too much of a cheapskate to waste the expensive stuff on a guzzle, especially one filled with an ocean of tonic and a couple good squeezes of lime. Furthermore, it's senseless to dilute delicious Beefeater or Hendrick's (my two favorite gins) with a lot of tonic. And there are days when I simply don't want to bother with a shaker and egg white, have no desire for a sip of expensive reposado, and don't have the patience to weigh the goddam bitters—just give me something cold and refreshing that will take the edge off this Friday afternoon brain sizzle, NOW. Fast.
Ahh, the Gin and Tonic. Only makes sense to use inexpensive. My choice: Barton. Why? Because it doesn't matter (and it's the cheapest on the shelf) and I like its Art Deco-y label (and it's the cheapest on the shelf, did I mention that?). I just spent a week in New York and am feeling extremely poor.
Here's to the inexpensive and satisfying always reliable Gin and Tonic.
The Gin and Tonic, aka an Old Reliable
- Lots of inexpensive gin
- Three times as much tonic
- All the limes you need
- Buckets of ice
- Combine pleasing amounts of each ingredient in a red plastic cup that reminds you of college keg parties.
- Drink at ease.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Eventually get around to making dinner.
Other links you may like:
- My two recent posts on our trip to New York City: Part One and Part Two.
- Pete Drinks is a blog that reviews many different types of beers, whiskeys, spirits, and drinking adventures.
- A popular line of spirits is making its way out of Door County, Wisconsin—check out Death's Door Spirits.
- A great recipe for an Indian-inspired side dish, spicy corn pakoras with mango-tamarind chutney.
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