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Less is more: The G&T

Photo by Andrew Hawley

By reading this, you have accidentally stumbled into Cocktails 1100. Congratulations! You have made it to the most fun class on campus. You will never take another course where attendance is optional, and participation results in tipsiness.

Over this semester, my goal will be to show that, contrary to popular opinion, cocktails and the student lifestyle can mix. There is a way to make fine drinks without breaking the bank.

For lesson one, we’ll ease in with a classic: the gin and tonic.

When to drink:

Always a safe choice, the G&T thrives as a casual drink whenever refreshment is the occasion.

The G&T is one of the simplest cocktails to make, yet it’s always satisfying. Last March, bartenders named it one of the more underrated cocktails in a article. The key thing to remember is the gin-to-tonic ratio of 1:2. For brand, you cannot go wrong at the entry level with Beefeater ($14.75 for 350 ml) or Bombay Sapphire ($15.95), though Tangueray ($15.25) is my preferred choice.


  • 2 oz (60 ml) gin 4 oz
  • (120 ml) tonic water


Pour the gin into a highball glass filled with ice. Add the tonic water and stir. Garnish with lime or lemon (lime is more typically used).






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