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Warm weather drink: A classic Gin & Tonic

March 31, 2011 |  5:25 pm

Gin & tonic edit (1 of 1) Yesterday was the first warm evening in a while. (It’s going to be even warmer tonight.) To celebrate, and take in the splendiferous hot pink sunset, I had a gin and tonic. My new favorite combination is Hendrick’s gin  and Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water. The latter is very important. Once you’ve made your drink with this or one of the other serious brands on the market, you won’t be able to tolerate regular tonic water. Take away that sticky sweetness and you can actually taste the gin.

The perfect tall drink glasses are from Bar Keeper in Silverlake, which incidentally, not only stocks an array of bitters and such for your cocktail needs, but now that the shop has scored a liquor license, small batch spirits as well.

A few years ago, writer and blogger Emily Green (Chance of Rain) wrote a wonderful ode to the gin and tonic (with recipe) in our pages: Memorize it.

Bar Keeper, 3910 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles; (323) 669-1675; www.barkeepersilverlake.com.

—S. Irene Virbila

Photo: Gin and tonic. Credit: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times