Friday, June 29, 2007

World's Best Gin & Tonic

Summer is here and it time to look at a great seasonal classic. The Gin & Tonic.

I'm going to give you the secret to making the world's best Gin & Tonic. Guess what, the key to this cocktail is not the gin. It's the tonic. I don't care how super-ultra-premium your favorite gin is, it's not going to taste great once you mix it with a flabby, sub-par tonic. Bargain-basement mixer is going to make a bargain-basement cocktail.

The best tonic water I have ever had is Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water. The Fever-Tree Tonic uses premium ingredients such as bitter orange from Tanzania, African Marigold, Lemons from Sicily and pure cane sugar. Dry and refreshing, with complex and subtle flavors, this tonic is the perfect compliment to a premium gin.

The World's Best Gin & Tonic
1.5 oz. Bombay Gin
4 oz. Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water

Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.

I used Bombay Gin in my G&T, but use your favorite gin and see the difference a premium mixer makes. Just don't ruin your premium tonic water with bad gin...

More information about Fever-Tree Tonic Water and their full range of premium mixers is available at

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Time Lapse Bartending

Here's a few hours of bartending compressed into four minutes. This is an average Tuesday for me. Not too busy, but not slow. The people who showed up for dinner, at the bar, at closing time, really killed me. They didn't make the video.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Diffordsguide goes digital

Simon Difford's popular diffordsguide series has moved to it's new home on the Internet and is now available via the tubes. The quarterly updates will be at

The annual hardbound cocktail guide will still be available in a dead-tree version from your local newsstand.