For several months, a Gin and Tonic has been a good go-to drink for me. I always get my tonic water at Whole Foods to avoid the high-fructose corn syrup that swims in Schwepp’s. They have their own 365 Every Day Value brand for $2.50 for a six-pack of bar-friendly cans. Now while I like the flavor of tonic water, I wish I could reduce the sweetness of it.
Tonic water is bubbly water with quinine, citrus, and sugar. Club soda is bubbly water, nothing more. Whole Foods has some of that too. I googled club soda, lime, and gin to discover it’s already a common cocktail that I have heard of several times: The Gin Rickey! Here’s the recipe:
- In a 10-oz glass filled with ice, combine:
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lime (I like it with more)
- top with club soda (about 3-4 ounces)
You’ll end up with a drier, more refreshing, more sour alternative to the Gin & Tonic! Yum!
1 1/2 oz gin
3 or more dashes of bitters
Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass.
About the simplest cocktail out there. Clearly, you should use good gin and I recommend Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz of tequila
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz triple sec
- on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass
- lime wedge garnish
So how’s that “perfect?” The ingredient list is simple, but like I say in the book, quality is the key with all cocktails, so here’s what I used:
Lime juice must be fresh-squeezed. I used course Himalayan Pink salt to rim the glass because it tastes really good and looks unique. (Insert joke about manliness here)
I used Hornitos Reposado Tequila. A simple lesson in tequila types: blanco tequilas are unaged and so they’re the most pungent. Reposado tequilas are aged 2-12 months to they are smoother, and anejo tequilas are aged from 1 to 3 years, so they’re smooth, the tequila equivalent to scotch. Make sure it’s 100% agave tequila – that’s the only kind to use.
Hornitos Reposado is the best tequila I’ve tried so far, compared to Trader Joe’s brand 100% agave and 1800 Blanco. It’s the smoothest and has the best flavor.
3 ingredients will help you make an absolutely perfect Margarita. Simple!