My mum made the best gin and tonics. She was scathing about pub G&Ts with half-melted ice and post-mix tonic, served in a middy glass. She said that there was no point having a G&T unless it was a good one.
If you’re wondering, a good G&T involves:
- a generous slug of Gordon’s or Bombay Sapphire gin straight from the freezer. Often there was so much gin in the glass that it made your eyes water;
- Schweppes tonic water from a 300ml bottle. Pixie didn’t approve of large half-flat bottles of tonic kept in the fridge door;
- fresh ice cubes. Occasionally, if Pixie really wanted to impress, she made the ice cubes from tonic water too; and
- a generous chunk of lime.
If a guest asked her to mix a cocktail, she always delegated the task to someone else saying: “I’m the gin and tonic lady”.