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  1. tarak

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    Anyone enjoy Gin & Tonics around here? I'm all for good scotches and other drinks but man- in this hot summer- I've just been loving me some G&T.

    Technically, what I drink is actually a modified Gin Ricky. I don't want all the sugar/sweetness of tonic water. So at the risk of sounding just a little girly, here's what I do:

    1 packet Stevia
    2-3 heavy dashes lime juice (I like a lot)
    1ish oz of Gin- or more if its been a long day
    4 ice cubes
    fill remainder of glass with Club Soda
    Stir

    Its perfect for my tastes

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  2. jah76

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    Me too.

    I tend to like them on the sweet side and prefer Tanqueray Ten lately. Just toss a lime slice in there and we're good.

    Ohin recommend some Latakia while drinking gin and it was good advice. The smokey flavor brings out the sweetness of the gin and the usual accompanying Orientals take on a kind of olive flavor.

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    I actually really like the bitter of the quinine in tonic, and love me just an old-school g&t. Tanq 10 is a nice gin for G&T. I also really like the floral notes of Bombay Sapphire for a g&t.

    -- Pat

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  4. tarak

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    Pruss-

    Its true that you lose that sort of bitter/grapefruity thing that tonic has going on. Now you're making me miss it

    Chris

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    I love a gin and tonic on the nights I want a change from scotch. I usually include a lime rubbing it around the glass first like they do in the Tanqueray commercial. I going to try it your way tonight Tarak. Thanks for posting

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  6. smeigs

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    Im a big fan of gin and tonics.. Love some bombay saphire gin with extra lime!

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    Im a big fan of gin and tonics.. Love some bombay saphire gin with extra lime!

    Oh heck yeah I love me some G&T's I am also a fan of the Bombay Sapphire it has a nice strong gin flavor, And I usually throw in about a half a lime for the first drink and then keep adding 1/4 every drink I make in the same glass.

    Cheers
    CBG

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  8. buster

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    I add a few dashes of bitters to G&T. It turns it a light pink and adds an awesom flavor. My wife likes tonic water with bitters and extra lime.

    I also like gin and bitters in a martini glass. It is suppose to be mixed with Plymoth gin or any gin that is not dry. I like New Amsterdam gin for it. And at $15 for a jug it is much more affordable than Plymoth gin.

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  9. moses

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    OP has motivated me. Going to have to go pick up some Cold River gin and Polar tonic water. Keeping it Maine! (Or at least New England in the case of Polar). No Maine limes though, pity.

    ~seanMoses~
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    Ah, sundowners. Pebble textured plastic glass. Bombay or what is at hand. 1/4 gin 3/4 quinine water. Lemon quartered no ice. A tried and true pipe with a large chamber. Friends and the smell of wood smoke and Hoppe's Number 9.

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  11. pruss

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    +1 St. Pete!

    Only for me that bowl gets loaded with Solani 633. I'm finally coming around on Virginias and VA/Periques; and my normal load of English or Balkan would just knock the stuffing out of the delicate flavours of Bombay.

    At the folks' farm with nary a liqour store in site... having to make do with a craft brewed IPA. But it's happily at a 62 IBU so I'm getting my grapefruity bitter lovliness just the same.

    Happy Saturday friends.

    -- Pat

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    I had a bad month one night with gin 35 years ago and have not touched it since. My daughter, on the other hand, got into them pretty good last night. The apple fell close to the tree.
    For a summer drink I like Pimm's No.1 Cup with ginger ale. Light enough not to get you whoozy and refreshing on a hot day.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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  13. alex87

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    must say I can only drink G&T's with Bombay Saph...I can't seem to get my palate around Tanq or Beefeater...

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  14. pruss

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    I can't seem to get my palate around Tanq or Beefeater...

    To each their own eh? I love the almost juniper-esque notes of Tanq. It just gives and gives flavour. I am, however, with you on Beefeater. I prefer Gordon's if going for a traditional London Dry gin.

    -- Pat

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    Alex. See if you can grab a shooter of Tanq 10. Its a bit sweeter the the standard. I like it near frozen with an olive or two.

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    I am drinking Seagram's Extra Dry Gin with Tonic and lime. I mostly drink Tanq but Seagram's is what I have now. Have always don G&T w/lime. The best.

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    Used to drink these a lot. Still a go to if not in the mood for scotch. Honestly dont remember every making one of my own.

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    Alright, I see everyone paying a lot of money for good gin only to mix it with cheap tonic.
    Mixing a top shelf Gin with a bubbly high fructose tonic is borderline criminal.
    Do yourselves a favor, invest in Fever Tree or Q's tonic.
    I promise it will bring your G&T to a new level.

    Cheers

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  19. latbomber

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    My ultimate G+T's are always with Hendricks Gin, Fentimans Tonic, and lime.

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    I'm under doctor's orders to maintain at least a 1% blood-G&T content. For the malaria, you understand.

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    Spot on Martiniman! I couldn't agree more...don't mix quality gin with cheap tonic! Fever Tree is outstanding. I prefer Bluecoat gin, made in Philadelphia, or Hendricks.

    Saintpeter..Your post stirs many a pleasant memory of the best part of a day afield!

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    I love G&T!! Having one now. Will have more!! I think I will have a smoke too!!

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    I am big fan of GT's made with Bombay Sapphire.

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    I must say I like Gin & Fever Tree Tonic with 4 dashes of Peychaud bitters on a warm evening on my roof in Manhattan. Just add a couple of cubes of ice, take a sip and fire up the pipe and I think I have arrived in heaven!

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    Gin is my spirit of choice. Love a nice Gin&Tonic in the Summer. I generally use Beefeater. A lime wedge and , of course, tonic.

    I also love a good Gin Martini. I generally prefer a Vesper (ala James Bond Casino Royale) 3 parts Gin (Plymouth or Beefeater) one part Smirnoff Vodka, one have part Vermouth and two jalapeno stuffed olives. I don't care for Bleu Cheese.

    Mike S.

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    For me it's always Bombay Sapphire on the rocks with nothing but a twist of fresh lime.

    Now and then, to mix it up some, I'll add a splash of Squirt or Fresca.

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  27. theboz

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    I usually use Bombay Sapphire as well, but Seagram's Distiller's Reserve is my second choice. I mix them heavy on the lime and gin though.

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    Can't keep a good thread down, eh?

    Myself, I prefer a well-limed G&T made with Tank and Schweppes tonic.

    If you can find it outside the Republic and the UK, Cork Dry Gin makes a refreshing change of pace. Despite the name it is very fruity.

    I thank other posters who have pointed out that inferior quinine should not be used, and I will follow up on their suggested brands.

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    What ever with Bombay Sapphire. When on the occasion I drink Gin, but my wifes favorite.

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    Hendricks and Fentimans for the win!!!

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    One of my favorite drinks of all time!! Bombay Saphire, tonic and a couple of limes... Im in heaven.

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    Never caught on to G&T's. Jack & ginger for me or Gentleman Jack neat. Gotta love the sundowner. Happy sippin' & puffin',

    Dave

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    I remember this thread from when it was first started because I went out and purchased a bottle of Hendrick's right away. I love a good gin and having a Scottish heritage, well it seemed like I should at least give it a whirl. Best decision (speaking of course, only in terms of gin purchases) I have ever made!

    -Home At Sea
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  34. ohin3

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    @ homeatsea: Bruichladdich now makes gin as well. They call it "The Botanist":

    http://www.bruichladdich.com/the-botanist-islay-dry-gin

    Makes a sick gin and tonic and a mind bending martini.

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    Thanks for the information, ohin3! Looks like I shall be hunting this one down as well.

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    My personal favorite is Boodles Gin. I usually drink martini's but will give g&t a go with the boodles.

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    Bryanf it's rather funny but when I visit chums of mine in the UK they always ask me to bring back Boodles Gin from NY! I always thought that was Churchill's favorite gin and is one of my preferred over proofed gins. I suppose the Brits export the stuff here as there is no demand for it in the UK - leaves more for us as nothing fills me with more horror than Sainsbury's Dry London Gin!

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    Hey, we may have Boodles, but you've got Condor. I'd trade with you any day!

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    Indeed I do! Sometimes I feel like a drug dealer when people ring me up and ask if they can score some Condor from me! Actually because I and my wife travel overseas frequently I am able keep myself pretty well supplied so I always have ten odd pouches about the house at any one time. I will be passing through Ireland at the end of this month so I will see if can grab some Condor plug. I have been smoking Condor and black twist for 30 years and thats all that floats my boat. Have a good evening as we about to get another load of snow here in NYC!

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  40. bryanf

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    If condor were easily available, it is all I would smoke. An Uncle from England got me hooked and I would pay horrendous shipping charges to get it. Out of principle, I decided to stop and only get it when I'm in Europe. Fortunately, that is at least once a year. Going back in May and have some coming in April.

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    I know what you mean chum. When I first came here I foolishly assumed that Condor would be available here in NYC. I mean it is the worlds greatest pipe tobacco so why would it not be available here. How wrong I was on that point. After four weeks I had exhausted my Duty Free supply and after extensive inquiry I was informed it had not been sold states side since the 1960s and this was before the age of the internet. The reason for that I have never been able to understand but the same applies to Golden Virginia as well so I am sure buried in the dusts of history there is a good reason. I remember three weeks of misery smoking OTC mixtures before my next UK trip. The only thing that saved me was the Condor ghost in all of my pipes!

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    I'm jumping on that bruichladdich offering. All of this cold weather makes me think maybe a crisp G&T will at least make me think of hot summer afternoons.

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  43. bryanf

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    Here's a link where you can get Golden Virginia, fairly cheap.

    Golden Virginia

    And here's where I would get Condor if you don't mind paying shipping.

    Condor!

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    I drink a gin and tonic at least every day. It must be served in a tall glass half filled with ice, plymouth gin and tonic that's on the cheap side of decent, and a chunk of lime lightly squeezed and wiped round the rim. Though these days i've gotten lazy, and if i feel like more than one, i'll just have an extra big g&t in a pint glass.

    I cant understand expensive tonic, I find it often tastes artificially citrused. Better off with a good own brand tonic that actually tastes like quinine.

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    I'm not sure I really understand why, but nearly every Anglican priest I've ever met drinks gin & tonic, rather than scotch, whiskey, rum, etc.

    RLTW!
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    Like a good gin and Tonic but prefer a Gin Buck or a Ricky

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    Anglesey: I am with you on the Plymouth gin. Good with tonic and makes a great Martini.

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    Yes! But use tonic with real quinine. Fever tree, Q tonic, etc.

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    In my experience you can mix Boodles with any tonic and it will taste fine. I like Scotch but only in the evenings and I tend to avoid gin when my wife is floating around as it is a guaranteed knock out argument maker after the fifth one.

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    Great summer drink! For me its Bombay with Tonic. I equally prefer lime OR lemon squeezed into it.

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    I haven't had a drink of gin in many years, somehow I started to enjoy Makers Mark bourbon and have stuck with it. Maybe it's time to re-visit a gin and tonic again and again and again......

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    It's a shame to water down good gin. We stuff olives with some stinky cheese. Add gin. Stir with the olives being sure to mix a bit of the cheese in with the gin. Drink. My favorite gin is Van Gogh!
    My hot weather go to drink is Campari and soda....

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    Anyone tried Monkey 47 Dry Gin from Germany's Black Forest - it's supposed to be the dog's bollocks - I've just ordered a case!!

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    Gordons for me its good and its cheap.

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    I enjoy a Hendricks and tonic or Botanist and tonic once and a while.

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    I started with Gordon's in college and still like it. Seagrams has lime flavored gin now. I agree about Campari but not with soda--straight with chipped ice, any time of day.

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    Tanqueray and Seagrams or Schweeps tonic. Lime or no doesn't matter to me. Nothing as cool and crisp in a lounge while enjoying great tobacco.

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    If you can't get a good gin and tonic, try Anchor Steam Beer or Ale. It is a winner.

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    Anchor Steam also makes a few gins. As well as other liquors. They make a rye whiskey that is oh so nice!

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