Summer Cocktails: An Ode to Gin and Tonic (with Lime)

There are certain non-negotiables in the admittedly small world of our cocktail cabinet. We are not big drinkers, but we do enjoy a well-mixed drink, and the lure of frosty cocktails is very strong in the summer. So we keep a small but thorough liquor cabinet, stocked with the basics. One of these is lime. Because, see, if we were caught without lime, how would we drink our gin and tonics?
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Lemons just don't cut it. I'm sorry - but if it doesn't have a lime, it's not a gin and tonic. Perhaps you could label it a lemon gin and tonic and thus distinguish it from the normative, but lime to me is really quite necessary for summer drink consumption.

A gin and tonic (with lime) seems to be the height of summer drinking. Yes, it's ubiquitous, yes, it's even a little boring. But it's so perfect, so sublime - that sweet and fizzy tonic, with the herbal notes of gin (and cucumber, perhaps? We're Hendricks drinkers). And then that sour tang of lime - crisp and refreshing. I'm getting thirsty just writing this.

The gin and tonic is a summer classic and rightly so. Do you drink G&Ts and do you have any non-negotiables related to these oh-so-classic refreshers? What kind of gin do you prefer?

(Images: Flickr member Daveybot and Flickr member lulugaia, both licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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