Happy weekend, friends! We hope that your July 4th was festive and fun. We kept the holiday low key by staying close to home and hanging out with our good friends, Dawnette and John, on the back patio. We had great food and great cocktails, but we are not talking about those today. Today we are again commemorating the World Cup! (Yes, it is still going on for those of you who are not soccer fans. ;)) Did you see the amazing game between England and Colombia the other day? It was a crazy combination of fitness, drama, skill and a wrestling match. England came out on top, so today we are tipping our hats to the English and saying, “Cheers,” with their preferred cocktail of a Gin and Tonic.
So if the word gin freaks you out and makes you think only serious drinkers would partake, let us be the first to dispel that myth. A gin and tonic is actually quite a light and refreshing drink. If you are not a fan of sweet drinks, try out a gin and tonic. It has a dry crisp taste, and the tonic water gives it a bubbly freshness. You can add a little flavor with your favorite fresh garnish.
The basic gin and tonic is made with 1.5 ounces of gin poured over ice in a rocks glass. Top off with tonic water, and garnish to your liking. We garnished ours with blueberries, strawberries and fresh mint from our garden. By adding any fresh fruit or herbs as an addition to this cocktail you can tailor it for any season or occasion.
You may have noticed that we went with the Q drinks Indian Tonic Water for our cocktail. We introduced you to Q drinks in our post about the Paloma.
Gin and tonics are great for social situations. At your next gathering create a gin and tonic bar. Have various favors of tonic water available, such as, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, lemonade and more. Provide various fresh fruits and herbs for garnish and let your friends do the rest!
Whether you are watching the England play Sweden tomorrow or you just want to relax in your hammock in the backyard, try out a gin and tonic and raise a little toast to our friends across the pond!
Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.