I'll always have a special place in my heart for a solid gin and tonic. A no-nonsense cocktail with a strong dose of gin, fizzy tonic, and fresh lime. In both the way they taste and the way they make you feel, they are intoxicating.
But I'm not always in the mood for gin. Like all other liquors, it's in a category all its own. Whiskey tends to flare the temper. Tequila is for partying... and forgetting. Rum is relaxing... and making me fall asleep. Gin – it makes me chatty, makes my mind race, and lifts my spirits (pun intended). And then there's vodka – unassuming, neutral, and low-key.
Ever since I discovered Tito's, I've been a fan of vodka. While I used to opt for a Hendricks and tonic, nowadays I find myself opting for vodka instead. It's such a different buzz – chill and calm without making me sleepy.
When we house-sat for Clark's parents in February – right before we were supposed to go to LA – Clark asked if he could make up a mystery drink for me. If you know me, you know that I just glanced at him with a sideways "is that a serious question?" look on my face. Next thing I knew, there was an ice-cold glass of refreshing cocktail in my hand and we were ready for some relaxation.
About two sips in, I decided that this super simple, perfect-for-warm-spring-days drink needed to be on the blog ASAP. So we enjoyed our vodka tonics and the next night, we made another batch and shot them. And of course, we drank those too. Orange vodka tonics, amazing!
Side note: Whenever we feature a cocktail recipe, I always have readers ask how/where we got the big ice cubes. We ordered this ice cube mold from Amazon – that's how!