Here’s the story of how one night, over tacos and board games, the classic Gin and Tonic with extra limes became my new favorite cocktail.
Old School Dinner Parties
So a few years ago my husband and I decided with two other couples to start a biweekly dinner party. Just an old fashioned dinner, drinks and board game sorta night. And not just the occasional thing, a REGULAR night with friends that we could all count on and look forward to. It’s kinda something I think our parents’ generation did and somehow in this crazy busy life we’ve lost sight of.
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If you don’t have something like this going I highly recommend it! Some epically good times were had on those late nights. We’d eat, drink, talk, laugh and most nights include a game like Apples to Apples (or something similar ;).
Our hosts moved away this past year and I miss those nights so much! Good news is when we visit them we get to do it multiple nights in a row.
We would all collaborate on dinner and pretty much always decided that it was Taco (whatever day of the week) because… TACOS. We’d raid our refrigerators and bring whatever we had on hand.
Our hostess usually made the meat (supplied from a local farm share, yay!), another couple brought all the condiments and I usually showed up early to make a big old batch of guacamole using my favorite avocado tool for us all to devour while we cooked everything else. And now I’m craving guacamole…
While I was making said guacamole, it was my friend Bill’s job to make sure I had a drink in my hand (or at least close by while I was chopping onions, lol). Sometimes it was a craft beer that one of us had brought home from a trip (VT beers being a common favorite) or something one of our local craft breweries had just put out. Every once in a while I’d make some margaritas or a pitcher of sangria but for the most part it was always beer.
Then one magical evening he asked if I wanted a gin and tonic. I was hesitant to betray my “beer girl, lover of all the IPA’s” status, but the limes and the guac and the tacos… It seemed to make sense. So that, my friends, is history. I was hooked. A nice big G&T with all the limes and pulp was officially my new favorite.
So I know you’re just dying to know how exactly to make this life changing beverage right? Good news. SUPER simple, minimal ingredients. All the yum.
ALL. THE. LIMES.
To make my Gin and Tonic with ALLLL the Limes, you’ll need a large glass of ice, a lime, (and ya know, a knife a cutting board), juicing method of choice, your favorite gin (my go-to is Bombay Sapphire), and tonic water. I love Q mixers or Fever Tree.
Start by juicing half of your lime and add to your glass of ice. Cut the other half of the lime into wedges, squeeze the juice of three of them into your glass and throw the wedges in.
If you’re using a hearty glass, scrape a wedge or two on the edge to get some pulpy goodness. Give it a stir and then pour tonic water over. Garnish with your last lime wedge and enjoy!
Thank you Bill 🙂
- 1 Fresh lime, halved
- 2 oz Gin
- 1/2 Can of Tonic Water
- Juice half of your lime, making sure you get every last drop!
- Pour into glass of ice.
- Slice remaining lime into wedges, squeeze 2-3 of them into the glass.
- Add gin.
- Top with tonic water and garnish with the last lime wedge.
- Please drink responsibly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.