July 4, 2011

Perfect Summer Drink

Tanqueray and Tonic
When summertime hits in the South I find it imperative to have a drink that is rejuvenating. The beers that I like tend to be a little bit heavier and it is no time for red wine. Sure I could drink some white wines but every once in a great while you need to take a step forward and getting something a little stronger. Gin and Tonics have been a popular drink since the 18th Century. Originally introduced by the army of British East India Company in India to help fight malaria the tonics then contained a lot of quinine so they added Gin to make them tolerable. Gin has been around since the 11th Century partially because the medicinal properties of Juniper Berries and because it tastes great. Gin is primarily made of three ingredients, juniper berries, angelica and coriander, but it also contains several other botanical s.

One of my favorites gins is Tanqueray. Tanqueray is a London Dry Gin style and been produced sine the 1830's in Scotland. There are many things you can do with gin, the saying goes "anything rum can do gin can do better," but I prefer the classic gin and tonic. Tanqueray was clever enough to use their name in the title and call the drink a T&T. It is rather quite simple to make and wonderfully refreshing on those hot and humid days.
  • 1 oz. of gin
  • 3 oz. of tonic water
  • .25 oz. of lime juice.
  • highball glass filled with ice
  • lime wedge to garnish
You can always modify the amount of gin for your pleasure as well. Oh, it goes great with a cigar as well, enjoy!
Tanqueray

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