Tonic water is one of our favorite mixers for gin. The martini may have a well deserved reputation as king of the gin cocktails, but we think the true king of the gin cocktails is the gin and tonic. The tonic water will compliment the dryness of a juniper heavy gin, accentuate the brightness of a citrus forward gin, and, if you order in a bar, you’ll almost always get exactly what you expect, which is not always true of a martini. Also, this Victorian libation will prevent malaria, and a martini just won’t do that. So what’s the best gin for a gin and tonic? Any gin you like. This versatile cocktail welcomes all spirits, so experiment with different kinds. We recommend a dry gin, like Aria, but try it with any of Portland’s wonderful gins and you’re sure to find the right one for you. Start with a highball glass, some ice, 2oz (60ml) of gin, then top it off with a quality tonic water, add a squeeze of lime, and enjoy. Job done.