Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gin and Tonic


Gin and Tonic
David, 2015-07-18 12:15

Gin and tonic cocktail
Growing up in New England, gin and tonic is the classic summer drink. It’s bracing, fresh, cool, and not overly potent. The joke was that they tasted like after-shave lotion, but to be honest, most after-shave lotions smell pretty good. Often they’re scented with lime or something mentholated, at least they did when I was a kid and smelled them at the barber shop. That makes the taste of gin and tonic a Proustian memory for me.
Another memory that I have that’s less pleasant was the first time I tried alcohol. I was perhaps eight years old and saw a bottle of whiskey that my parents had on hand. And since they, and their friends, drank it, I thought I would give it a try too. I unscrewed the top and took a big swig of the brown liquid. Within about three seconds, my mouth was on fire and my throat was assaulted by an unfamiliar, and unwelcome, burn. Once I had recovered, I couldn’t imagine drinking alcohol ever again.
Gin and tonic cocktailNow that I’m an adult, and above the legal drinking age, I don’t chug liquor like I used to (thank goodness!), but nothing tastes as good to me now as a cold gin and tonic on a warm summer night, when a regular, overly boozy cocktail would knock me out cold. I had lunch with a good friend that I used to work with the other day and she was saying that she doesn’t like all those cocktails will all sorts of different things going on in them. She just wants a regular, straight-up cocktail. I agreed (and perhaps pulling out my age card), thought aloud that maybe when you get older, you stop being impressed by all those tricks and twists in food and drinks and just want to go back to the original. Which is why the classics endure.
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