This post was originally shared on blog.flavioderoni.ch and has been moved here in the process of merging the sites together.
Years ago, after drinking too much of “Russian water” while clubbing, I felt the urge to switch to new spirits and drinks. Because I’ve already liked Tonic water (by that time I only knew Schweppes…), I was not far from trying it with Gin. I liked the combo! First, it didn’t really matter to me which kind of Gin or Tonic would be in it, as long as it was G & T. That all was before hipster-hype and everybody drinking Hendrick’s Tonic…
When I grew up (and this process is still going on :P), I found out that Gin is not like Gin. And Tonic is not like Tonic. Low-quality alcoholic beverages caused a lot of upset stomaches and headaches, leaving me a bad hangover the next day. But I learned from my faults, so I set a solid standard of Gin which I will never ever fall below. This standard is heavily tested, it is hangover-proof. As long as you stay at one type of spirit. Poor bartender: I once switched from G&T to a simple Coke because the bar didn’t have what I was looking for.
I still didn’t have tested more than 10 Gins and 6 different Tonic water, but I’m sure I will someday. Up to this day I know only a bit of Gin and it’s past, but also about other drinks than G&T that are based on Gin. It’s high time to fill this gap! So probably in future some more posts about this topic will follow.