The best days of my life include: Our wedding day (100% good). The days the girls were born (100% good and 100% insane). And…of course…the day I realized we didn’t have to go out on New Year’s Eve (100% reaching middle age at the age of like 25). I feel like we’re playing that game from Sesame Street where one of these things is not like the others. But that New Years revelation kicked off a whole adulthood’s worth of great nights at home with friends, which are almost always at least as fun as nights out on the town.
I’m all about casual entertaining the whole year round, and especially in spring and summer. We don’t even have a formal dining room, despite the fact that a year and a half after moving into this house, we still have an empty room that begs to be one. What we do have is porches to the max. And a favorite local sushi place. And Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin, which — to borrow a phrase from myself, if I may — simply begs to be gin and tonics.
I like Seagram’s for its all-American, down-to-earth vibe (and, not gonna lie, also for its Prohibition-era roots). It’s the perfect gin for smooth, mellow, 90-second gin and tonics to share with your BFF on an easy-breezy evening.
This particular evening, as you may have noticed, we didn’t really bother to invite anyone else. I meant to, I really did. But…life, am I right? Luckily my BFF lives in my very own house, so I nabbed him on his way in from work and was like, oh hey, grab a G+T, baby, and the rest is herstory. Herstory, I tell you.
Also, there was sushi — but that’s just a fact of life.
Here’s how to make a classic 90-second Gin and Tonic.
Fill a glass about 2/3 full with ice.
Pour in one part Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin. Two ounces or so should do it.
Top with one part tonic water.
Squeeze in plenty of lime and give it all a good stir.
Enjoy it at home with your BFF (and more good friends, if you’re organized — I recommend it!) and obviously a big plate of sushi. Let me know how it goes.
Talk to you soon.