This afternoon I stopped by my favorite liquor store to wander aimlessly. The gentlemen at Morganelli’s are lovely and always offer to help. I’m always, “Just looking.” Yet, I somehow never manage to leave the store without a purchase. Today I stopped in to buy a surprise for my husband but couldn’t resist getting another gin. What can I say, I’m a gin fiend. And while I certainly have some favorites (I’m looking at you Nolet’s silver) it is hard to resist the temptation of adding something new to the collection. Hence, while we’re likely to have 6-7 gins on the bar at any given time, the only stand-by that is always there is Beefeater.
So, my browsing today led me to procure a gin I’ve always admired in cocktails but never had a bottle of for home, Aviation. You see, it is sweltering in “famously hot” Columbia, SC today and I was browsing the liquor store thirsty. Gin and tonic, being the most refreshing drink known to humankind, of course crossed my mind. So, I snatched up that bottle of Aviation and rushed home to turn it into a sweaty glass of pure refreshment.
By the time I got home, I realized we had no limes but I persevered and sipped my lime-free drink on the balcony while cracking into a book (about gin, naturally.) I’ll be honest, the balcony bit only lasted a few minutes. Not even a gin and tonic can chill down this day that much. Skipping the lime allowed me to catch the subtle citrus that Aviation carries as well as the floral notes. I also am picking up a very pleasant “green” flavor and something subtly peppery. But who am I kidding? This isn’t a tasting session, it is pure refreshment and relaxation. . . just as a gin and tonic was intended to be.