Classic Gin and Tonic

A gin and tonic in a thermos sits at the edge of Lake Washington in Seattle on a sunny beach day.

Elizabeth really loves to swim, so we planned a little picnic at the beach, and that included a cocktail. Our earlier Gin and Tonic adventures had awakened a taste for that classic summer drink, but after previously focusing so much on the artisanal nature of homemade tonic, we had an urge to go 180 degrees in the other direction.

Folks, we really went full-out! We stopped by the grocery store on the way to the beach, bought some good ol’ commercial tonic in a bottle, poured it directly into the thermos while we sat in our beach chairs, then passed the thermos back and forth while we drank it straight out of there. We don’t always stand on ceremony, you know!

I’ll confess that I kind of wanted the junkiest, the most commercial, tonic available. I eyed it when I went in the store by myself while Elizabeth circled the crowded lot. I thought better of this plan, because I didn’t want to let Elizabeth down, so I purchased a lesser-known, higher-brow, brand. As I climbed back in the car, we both laughed when she expressed a little disappointment that I hadn’t gone completely back to our low-brow tonic roots. Shame on me for ignoring my instincts!

Folks, we were driven to these little acts of rebellion because the homemade tonic really spoiled us. But this drink was crisp, and it was clear, and it was goooood.


  • Gin

  • Commercial Tonic – as “non-high-brow” as you want

  • Limes


  • Fill the thermos half-way with gin.
  • Fill the rest of the way with tonic.
  • Squeeze several limes; add the spent wedges to the thermos.
  • Add a few ice cubes.
  • Go to the beach and drink out of the thermos. Have fun!
Enjoyed on August 10

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