Recipe: gin and tonic

gin and tonic recipe

Make your gin and tonic like a Yurasko


  • Fresh ice: I cannot emphasize this enough. Use fresh ice. Ideally you’ve dumped out your ice tray the day before.
  • Lime – ideally a fresh one each time
  • Schweppes tonic water – COLD
  • Gin – I go with Beefeater, but go with whatever you like, such as D.C.’s own Green Hat Gin. Store in your freezer.
  • ​16 oz. cup – if disposable, I recommend Solo party cups. Don’t use a glass pint – the bubbles don’t stick around


  1. Cut fresh lime into quarters (limes cost no more than 70¢ so don’t be skimpy)
  2. Squeeze lime juice into the bottom of the cup
  3. Rub the rim of the cup with lime
  4. Place lime in the bottom of but, rind down
  5. Remove gin from freezer and pour directly into lime at the bottom of the cup. Gin should reach the top of the lime.
  6. Add ice, I use 6 cubes from a icemaker or 4 from an ice tray
  7. Pour entire contents of Schweppes tonic water over ice
  8. Stir the drink
  9. Enjoy

See, really easy to have a really refreshing drink which you should enjoy responsibly. You’ll probably be on the patio, sundeck or balcony when you do so you’ll be so relaxed you wouldn’t even think of driving a car of operating heavy machinery. When you’ve had enough, switch to ginger ale and lime for further refreshment without the side effects.


My better-half also enjoys fresh a fresh cucumber slice and basil from her garden in her G&T.

Muddle the basil in the lime and drop the cucumber slice in before pouring the gin.


Still reading? Thanks. I disposed of the preamble and moved the narrative below the actual recipe.

If there is a better drink than a gin and tonic at the Jersey Shore, I haven’t had it

As long time readers, friends and family know, I do enjoy a gin & tonic on a warm evening. You may be saying, “oh, WFY, gin & tonics are gross” but don’t worry, I won’t jump on you for it. I say to myself, “don’t hate, educate” to the gin & tonic skeptics out there. If you still don’t like it, MORE FOR ME.