Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A good G&T

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”. 


  1. I agree with Pixie on all accounts. MUST be from a 300ml bottle. Have you tried Hendricks? It's EVER so good.

  2. I honestly can't remember the last time that I had a great gin and tonic! Maybe I'll have to have one since it's father's day and all! Really enjoy reading your site.