The Perfect Gin and Tonic

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by Joan on January 10, 2011

A few years ago, during a wonderful family vacation to New York City we ate at Blue Smoke, a yummy BBQ restaurant.  As we mulled over the long list of side dishes to pick the best for sharing, I took a leap of faith and ordered a gin and tonic.

I usually never order one at a restaurant.  Reason being, the best gin still tastes bad when mixed with the bottom-of-the-barrel tonic that most restaurants and bars serve.  But I was in a great restaurant in a great city and decided to throw caution to the wind.

The waiter brought a nice glass half filled with Bombay Sapphire, a big ol’ wedge of lime, and a small frosted white bottle of something called Q-Tonic.  I mixed it all together and took a sip.

And then the heavens opened and the angels started singing.  It was that good.

I was an immediate convert.  The clear, clean taste (handpicked quinine!) with a light hint of sweetener from organic agave was perfect.  The fact that it has 60% fewer calories than regular tonic didn’t hurt, either.

For a few years I had to mail-order the stuff.  My tonic cost more than my gin at that point.  About a year ago I found it at the local liquor store.  Getting better.  But just before Thanksgiving I turned the corner at my local Whole Foods and there it was, more bottles than I’d ever seen, stacked on the end of an aisle.  My favorite tonic in my favorite grocery store.  Life is good.

If you’re a G and T fan like myself, scoot on over to your nearest Whole Foods and pick up a bottle.  But beware, you’ll never be satisfied with a restaurant tonic again.

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