The summer drink par-excellence. The supposedly humble Gin and Tonic has had quite a journey from its origins in colonial India, where Gin was used to cover the quinine tasting, super strength anti-malaria Tonic. Today's Tonic is fortunately much weaker and the Gin and Tonic survives as a wonderful thirst quencher, forever to be associated with an Englishman abroad in a hot climate. After a rocky ride in the 70s and 80s the Gin and Tonic made a big comeback at the end of the last century. With the boring Lemon replaced with a more sophisticated Lime garnish and a high quality Gin, the G&T becomes a subtle drink to savour. The garnish is of course absolutely essential to the balanced flavour of a perfect G&T. Be careful, however, not to overdo the Lime. A single slice or wedge, provides an adequate citrus edge to compliment the botanicals and Tonic. Give it a gentle squeeze to release just a few drops of juice, wipe round the edge of the glass and then drop it into the drink.
Serve in a Collins glass and garnish with a squeezed lime wedge, wiped around the rim of the glass.
Lime completes a mouth watering Gin and Tonic cocktail.
Fill the glass to the top with ice.
Taste the cocktail and if necessary adjust the balance with a touch of extra sugar or citrus juice.
Garnish the cocktail with a squeezed lime wedge, wiped around the rim of the glass.