The Perfect Gin Tonic

I had never been a big follower of Gin Tonic. When work brought me to Haiti I was lucky enough to share a year of my life with an Irish-man and a British-man. Drinking G&Ts after long hours of work ended up being a ritual at our house. A week ago my roomate Stavros came back all happy after work bubbling about this Perfect Gin Tonic he had at the bar he is working. The first attempt to do the mixing at the house was not so Perfect but still ok. Then I had this cocktail in a couple of bars around Athens and I got all excited about it cause it is really PERFECT. Cheers Dan and Andy, this post is dedicated to our G&T sundowners with a view… and the whole Cap De Marichaud crew!

The Perfect Gin Tonic

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 4-5 cardamom seeds
  • Tonic water
  • slice of lime
  • cucumber slice
  • cardamom or celery bitters (optional)
Crash the cardamom seeds in a glass. Add ice, the Gin and top up with Tonic. If you are gourmet enough and happens to have cardamom or celery bitters go ahead and add a couple of drops to enhance the flavours. Add a slice of lime and a good slice of cucumber at the end.
The Gin I recommend for this cocktail would be Hendricks however any good Gin would do. You could also try to extract a little bit of cucumber juice and add 1/2 oz approximately. The way to do it is grate a little bit of cucumber and then crash the puree in your hands to extract the juices into the glass.

The Perfect Gin Tonic

One response to “The Perfect Gin Tonic

  1. Prefect twist on a perfect classic! …possibly the only things missing from the ingredient are things that you cannot place or store in jars!

    Just in case any out there are skeptical:

    tonic/ˈtɒnɪk/ ▶noun
    1 a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigour or well-being.
    2 something with an invigorating effect.
    Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:

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