Reginerate [ri-gin-uh-reyt] (verb): the use of juniper based spirit to rejuvenate and restore the body. More freequently encountered at the weekend.
Gin & Tonic’s rich history goes back to the early 19th century when the British officers in India took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the bitter quinine tonic in order to make the anti-malaria medicine more enjoyable. Perfectionalized throughout the years, it is the Spanish “Gin-Tónica” that set off a hype around balloon glasses, richly filled with ice and a garnish tailored to the flavours of the gin, to spread through Europe. Different tonics, numerous fruits and herbs reflecting the gin’s botanicals, and an endless variety of gins make that everyone will be able to create a G&T after one’s own heart.
Using a copa glass will put your nose right in there and let you fully experience the aroma. Lavishly filling the glass with ice will let your drink stay cold longer, and despite widespread misconception it will actually slow down dilution of your cocktail. The gold standard is 1 part gin and 3 parts tonic, but feel free to experiment to your own taste.
If you hold your copa to your ear, can you hear the weekend calling? 😉