Just after my 21st birthday, my friend Wendy took me to a busy bar in downtown Chicago for my first grown-up drink. I remember standing at the bar, scanning the menu and trying to decide what to order. She suggested I order a Tanqueray and tonic. While I’ve changed up my brand of gin, the G & T has been my fallback cocktail ever since.
I’ve never grown tired of the aromatic contrasts a simple gin and tonic presents. There’s floral and spicy gin, the watery scent of quinine mixed with the bright bitterness of the freshly squeezed lime.
I was instantly transported to that first bittersweet sip, when I sniffed this Gin & Rosewater perfume by Tokyo Milk. We were browsing through Flutter, an artful shop on Portland’s Mississippi Street that carries an eclectic mix of vintage clothing and jewelry, toys, pretty beetles in resin and whatever else catches the owner’s eye.
With its juicy brightness and seductive rosewater notes, this Gin & Rosewater perfume makes for an instant pick-me-up, even if it’s nowhere near happy hour.