Last night, Donna and I sat out on the front porch and had a gin and tonic. It was perfect. The air was perfect. It was quiet, no lawnmowers buzzing. The air had that lovely early evening haze. It was so lovely in fact that neither of us said anything. We just sat. We'd planned this. To have a cocktail at six before I went in to make dinner. And we didn't say anything. We just sat and enjoyed the air, the perfect temperature. The towering oaks across the street. The lushness all around us.
And we enjoyed a gin and tonic, in the above glass, a glass we'd received more 24 years earlier as a wedding gift. It's the perfect gin and tonic glass, not so small that the gin over powers the tonic, not so large that the tonic washes out the gin, heavy on the bottom, thin and elegant at the top. After 24 years of marriage, I can say that this was a superlative gin and tonic, when all the elements that allow one to enjoy such a cocktail came together: the warm still air, the evening birdsong, the glass, the citrus, the cool elixir, the woman beside me, and the need to utter not a single word.
I may ask Donna to join me again tonight and not say anything. It is perfect gin and tonic weather.
Happy summer Friday, all!
If you liked this post, take a look at these links:
- My past posts that include gin are the Hasty Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, and Tom Collins.
- The WSJ introduces some new gins that have hit the market in the last few years..
- Learn more about gin: Hendrick’s, Tanqueray, and The Botanist.
- A popular line of spirits is making its way out of Door County, Wisconsin—check out Death’s Door Spirits.
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GIN AND TONIC
- 2 ounces gin
- 4 ounces tonic (or to taste)
- squeeze of lime juice
- squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
- lime wedge
- Pour the ingredients in a glass with ice cubes.
- Stir well.
- Garnish with the lime wedge.