I don't particularly like hard liquor, except for some single-malt scotch and fine brandies (not necessarily cognac) that are fortunately too expensive for me. I have enjoyed a gin and tonic, served by a friend, but such occasions are rather rare. Like some rum drinks, they are sneaky.
Rum is much sneakier in France because the French agricultural rums from the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean are 49-51° (unlike the standard industrial rums at the usual 40°). Gin is only 37.5° in France, so I rarely feel the effect.
I had my first gin and tonic a few weeks ago! I really enjoyed it. We leave for Ireland in a few days and I have been researching restaurant menus and it seems to be quite a popular drink. I had a quick lesson in the variety of brands and flavours. They also have a slim tonic that I will try.
There is a gin thread! I just read through it & see that I posted in it, but its existence had slipped my mind completely.
I have something I want to post in Dockside Dining & was scrolling through everything trying to find an appropriate thread for it. Then I found this! I know so much more about gin now than I did four years ago. Who says you can't grow and develop as you age?!
Anyway, as you were. I have to go scroll some more.