This gin and tonic recipe is a classic cocktail, easy to make and easy to drink but this one was EXTRA special because it started with a lime grown in my own backyard!

Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
The best gin and tonic I’ve ever had!

Gin and Tonic Recipe From the Beginning

I have no idea if you can grow limes back in Alberta but I don’t think so – not enough heat and humidity. Before we knew we were moving to Houston, when on vacation in Disneyland, I saw the limes growing wild and thought that would be the ultimate thing – to grow my own limes for my gin and tonic recipe! Last summer, we bought a few fruit trees, planted them lovingly then worried all winter long when the temperature dropped and the snow fell in Texas twice! We covered all our trees but even then lost our cacti, our aloe vera plants, a grapefruit tree and almost lost our banana and hibiscus trees. BUT, as it turns out, the lime tree survived and came to bear a solitary lime!

Gin and Tonic Recipe by the Spirited Thrifter
Cutest little lime EVER!
Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
This was our lime earlier in the summer. We watched it grow and grow…
Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
And we decided today was THE DAY to cut it and enjoy it!
Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
My husband got the honours and I took the photos – opposite of what happened with our other three babies!
Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
It’s a bouncing baby lime!

How do you make a good gin and tonic?

Just like the Blackberry Gin and Tonic, the classic gin and tonic is a nice drink, easy to make and easy to drink. Fill a glass with ice and add:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup (make simple syrup by boiling together equal parts white sugar and water till sugar is dissolved)
  • juice of half a brand new baby lime
Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
I actually usually use a whole lime but when there’s only one lime and you have to share with your husband, you make do.
Gin and tonic recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
My baby lime smelled as good as it looks!

Give it a stir then fill the glass with tonic and garnish with lime. Easy-peasy-limey-squeezy.

Gin and Tonic Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
First a photo shoot then we enjoy!

It’s fun to try different kinds of gin as your budget allows. Then you could call it a “Tanqueray Gin and Tonic” or a “Gordon’s Gin and Tonic” or a “Bombay Gin and Tonic” and sound all sophisticated and fancy, all the while attuning your palette to the nuances of gin!

What’s YOUR favourite kind of gin? Which should I try next? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo Nicole

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