THE BEST year-round
gin & tonic
Picture this: your beloved mother, who loves a good G&T, is staying for a long weekend, and you don’t have gin on hand. What do you do? You go to Total Wine. For me, Total Wine, just about any makeup store, and book stores are my casinos – I don’t know what time of day it is and spend way too much money by the time I leave. But this particular visit was worth the trip, because I discovered Citadelle Gin.
I didn’t consider myself a ‘gin person’ until this discovery, but everyone I have introduced to Citadelle since has agreed that it is unlike any other gin, which would explain my newfound obsession. The French distillery has been around for over 20 years, and makes 4 types of gin: Original, Réserve, and the Extrêmes: No Mistake and Wild Blossom. While I have only tried Original, I have no doubt the others are equally impressive. I mean, hello, look at the names.
All you need to make this cocktail (aside from being of legal age, of course) is Citadelle Original Gin, Fever-Tree Cucumber Tonic Water, ice and sliced lemon. The classic gin and tonic recipe essentially calls for 1 part gin, 2 parts tonic with lime. I follow (eyeball) that ratio, but have found with the brightness of the gin and cucumber tonic water, that lemon is the best finishing touch. If you’re a lime person, use your personal taste to make that decision!
I consider this a year-round drink, particularly because the strong juniper flavor seems very festive during the cooler months. If you’re not a cucumber person, you can easily switch to a regular tonic.
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you try out this cocktail, and I’d love even more to hear about your drink of choice!