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Gin and Tonic, perfected

The best way to make this standard summer elixer
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 1 min
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 bottle gin
  • 1 highball glass filled with ice
  • 4 ounces refrigerated tonic, or to taste I'm fine with diet because I was a fatso even before the pandemic, but many, including my wife, insist on regular tonic (which really does make a difference)
  • 1 hefty wedge of lime


  • Put the bottle of gin (it doesn't need to be full, just enough for a 2 ounce pour for all per drink) in your freezer 8 hours or more before you intend to serve your cocktail.
  • Put the highball filled with ice into the freezer at least an hour before you intend to serve your cocktail.
  • When it's gin and tonic time, remove your glass (or glasses) from the freezer along with the freezing cold gin.
  • Pour two, or a Bread Loaf three, ounces of gin into the highball, add 4 ounces of tonic or to the brim.
  • Squeeze the lime into it, adding the lime to the glass.
  • Cheers. (Recite your favorite poem.)
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