First we reviewed Tanqueray’s entry level gin. We then reviewed their top shelf version called Tanqueray No. 10. We now are going to take a look at Tanqueray w/ Rangpur, one of the earliest craft variations from a major distiller. (Beefeater just seems to be getting into the game in 2010, but this was out in 2006)
Question 1: What is a Rangpur Lime?
This is an excellent question. Firstly, it’s not a lime. It’s a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange/tangerine. (picture at right). Also, it doesn’t even really taste like a lime, although it has a strong acid bite to it- which is probably about the only thing it has in common with the fruit you named on the bottle. In China they call it a Canton Lemon. I could imagine that if Tanqueray’s bottles were a distinctive yellow, perhaps they would have gone that route. But green bottles + rangpur = “let’s call it a lime.”
Question 2: If its not a lime, does this drink go well with lime in cocktails?
Most definitely. The strong citrus flavor will harmoniously accompany any citrus ingredients you add to the drink.
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A classic. The Essential. and it dates back to the 18th century (so says Wikipedia).
This is my favorite drink in the world, and though I have a personal recipe I use, I am going to share a few of the different ways this drink can be made.
The Golden Ratio:
The ratio of gin to tonic in a Gin and Tonic is subject to variation. David Rosengarten at the Food Network suggests a 3:4 ratio, as long as you use “Tonic Ice Cubes.” The Webtender advocates a 2:5 ratio. You’re likely to find every ratio in between as well as many saying about 2 oz. of gin, and just fill the rest of your glass with tonic.
Lime Juice is key in many variations on the Gin and Tonic. Art of drink Advocates using a “nice fresh lime“ to squeeze in and garnish with. Freshness isn’t always mandatory: some just specify lime juice, whereas others are explicit and specify Rose’s Lime Juice. Don’t worry, some recipes say lemons are better. And I sometimes leave the lime out altogether
Drink by Consensus:
This part will likely be more interesting for drinks for which there are a wider variety of recipes, but here I will try to combine the research and differing recipes into a general guidelines as to what the most comment elements of a drink are:
A handful of ice cubes
About two shots of gin
Fill the rest of the glass with quality tonic water
A dash of any kind of citrus, garnish with citrus fruit of choosing
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