Hood Canal Gin and Tonic

The Hood Canal Gin and Tonic adds lemon mint as an ingredient, in addition to the classic limes.

While visiting Elizabeth’s college friends at their place on Hood Canal, on the Olympic Peninsula, we indulged in some gin and tonics.

Nick has an extraordinarily green thumb, and grows all types of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. He calls it “edible landscaping.” He also composts assiduously, and I love it.

For this evening’s cocktails, we supplemented our classic gin and tonics with lemon mint (also called lemon balm) from Nick’s herb garden just out the front door.

Although lemon and mint are natural flavor complements, it’s already well-established that our culinary adventurousness doesn’t quite extend as far as our gin and tonics. These were good, and refreshing, but I tend to prefer the classic.

We had a great time and the Canal!


  • Gin

  • Tonic Water

  • Limes

  • Lemon Balm/Lemon Mint


  • Fill a glass with ice; pour halfway with gin. Fill up with tonic.
  • Squeeze at least 2 lime wedges into the drink; drop the wedges in.
  • Crumple up a couple of leaves of lemon mint, then place them in the drink. Stir and enjoy!
Enjoyed on August 6, 2021

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