Gin & Tonic
Ingredients: Boomsma Jonge Genever, Q Tonic water
Garnish: Lime wedge
Makers: Boomsma, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Q Tonic, Brooklyn, New York.
Boomsma Jonge Genever is a Dutch-style gin. For those who may not know, gin is vodka (grain spirit) infused with certain traditional botanicals, like juniper. As with most liquors, there are a number of different styles of gin, although with gin, the differences are more subtle. If this one is any indication, Genever is heavier bodied than London dry gins. Smelled and tasted neat, the traditional juniper scent of English gins seems to be practically non-existant. Delicate orange peel and licorice are leading the way here, but more by example than by force.
Q Tonic is a specialty tonic water that claims to be a return to traditional tonic water. It uses real quinine, a substance found in the bark of a South American tree called the cinchona, and agave nectar rather than high fructose corn syrup. Q tonic is much more citrusy than mass-market tonics, although whether that is a result of the quinine or the lemon juice added to it. It has a nice bitter finish, like a good tonic should.
But of course the point is to have them together. They are a good match for each other, and for the ice and the lime. The gin comes through on the nose and upon entry. The sour-bitter of the tonic is a perfect complement to the orange peel and licorice of the gin. If one might dare to say such a thing about a G & T, it’s a triumph. I’ve had this gin with the standard supermarket tonics and the sweetness of the tonic overwhelms the delicate botanicals of the gin. Not so with Q. It elevates this humble drink to another level.