I agree with this
The secret to this simple hot-weather drink is high-quality ingredients. Smooth, straightforward Tanqueray gin meshes perfectly with bittersweet tonic water.
To make this work well, do not skimp on the lime!
In case you were wondering
Tanqueray is a brand of gin produced by Diageo plc and marketed worldwide. Although it originated in London, the spirit is now produced in Scotland. In 2016 it displaced Beefeater as the number one global seller. While it does not command a sizable market share in its native market, its largest market is in the United States, where it is the highest-selling gin import, followed by southern Europe.
What makes it special?
While the Tanqueray recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, it is known to contain four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice, all common botanicals in gin productions overall.
I am a fan of this Tanq as well
But for martinis, not gin and tonic.
What is your favorite gin?
But this is not the last work on what makes a gin and tonic great. Some argue that “bubble retention is everything”. That means doing everything possible to make sure your G&T does not go flat. And one can go beyond bubbles – perhaps your gin selection will dictate a garnish other than lime? Egads! Check out this Epi post on the ultimate G&T.It has my head spinning!
There is more. Commercial tonic is “ok”, but as the Epi article points out, you can do better. So why not go all the way and make your own? Dave Lebovitz has a fun story about that with a recipe. And if you make your own, don’t be surprised that it comes out yellowish or even a bit brownish. The store bought brands are clear because they use “synthetic or pharmaceutical quinine”. Also, it will be stronger – so you will need to cut it with carbonated water.
And btw, have you wondered where the word “skimp” comes from? No one knows for sure, but
The word skimp appears in the mid-1800s as a back-formation of the word skimpy, which in turn may be derived from the Old Norse word skammr, which means shortly, hasty. Skimp is a verb, related words are skimps, skimped, skimping, skimper, skimpy, skimpily, skimpiness.
And it is not to be confused with scrimping!