Saturday, May 30, 2009
His Drink Of Choice Was Tanqueray And Tonic
For the next few weeks, I'll be posting occasional stories about my father. He was the kind of man who deserves a little more than a shout-out from an obscure food blog, but I think he'd be pleased since the obscure blogger is his youngest daughter.
This will be my first summer without my father, and while I'm really not sure what I'm going to do with myself without him, I do know what to drink when I'm missing him on long, warm evenings: Gin and Tonic. Specifically, Tanqueray and Tonic.
T & T was my dad's signature drink. Mine, as you know, is the Negroni. He never fully understood my rather potent pick, but he did respect it. In fact, I like to think that my dad was proud of me for being a girl who likes gin. (My sister inherited the T & T affection, so it is true that we are both our father's daughters.) My mother once warned me, as I was measuring out a Negroni at Thanksgiving one year, "Catherine, no man likes a girl who drinks gin!" Well, I know more than a few men who do.
Tanqueray makes me think of my favorite man, my dad. I can see him now, reaching for the bottle on the high shelf in our pantry, and grabbing his silver shot glass. When I was a kid, I'd watch him mix his drink and think how absolutely delicious he made it look, slicing up a lime and squeezing it over the ice cubes. He'd take a sip and say, "Ah. Life is good." Now that I'm older, I understand the beauty in a well-made cocktail and how one (or two or three, but my dad never had too many) can vastly improve the quality of an evening. That's a lesson from my father that I will never forget: Enjoy your life, and have a gin and tonic.
Do you have a signature hot weather drink? Leave it in the comments and I'll post your favorites all summer long!
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