With the July Fourth holiday staring us in the face with its usual high heat and humidity, I thought it appropriate to pass on a recipe for a refreshing drink from the hero of my Black Orchid Chronicles.
His favorite, of course, is Tanqueray gin and tonic. In his words:
“It’s five o’clock somewhere,” I said, as I fixed drinks in the pantry off the kitchen. We both preferred gin—Hendricks and a chunk of lime for the old man, Tanqueray classic and diet tonic, 50-50 proportions, with a large wedge of lime for me.
Here’s how he does it:
Ice melts quickly under the influence of all that gin.
Fill tall glass with ice.
Squeeze one-quarter lime (or more) over ice.
Fill glass half-way with gin.
Add tonic (diet tonic if you drink a lot of them ’cause tonic water is like mainlining sugar).
Stir, don’t shake. (James Bond insists; Sebastian just doesn’t own a shaker.)
Note: Tanqueray is NOT sponsor of this blog, but some days I wish it were.
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I was not injured, but the sound of the left arm giving way under the strain of tens of thousands of typed words startled me from my day dreams. I mean, it interrupted my plotting of a new story for readers.
Fortunately, one of the office supply stores is having a sale on chairs (ending tomorrow), and I got a new one for less than what the old one cost.