To squeeze or not to squeeze?
That, gang, is the question.
When you order a mixed drink, say a gin and tonic, what is the bartender supposed to do with the lime wedge? One of three things happens:
1) The bartender slices the wedge and sets it on the rim of the cup.
2) The bartender plops it into the drink.
3) The bartender squeezes the lime and then plops it into the drink.
Is there a rule or a code among bartenders for what to do with the lime wedge?
Saturday night, some friends and I went to the Bay Cafe (2809 Boston St.) for a drink after dinner. I hadn't been there in years, and was surprised to find the indoor/outdoor party zone comfortably full (and not jam-packed with people).
I ordered two gin and tonics, which, shockingly, only cost $4.25 each. The bartender squeezed the wedge into the drink ...
Personally, I like that better than just having a lime wedge floating in the top of my gin. You see, I like a little lime juice in my G&T. I don't particularly like to fish around in my drink for the chunk of lime.
But I think the customer should have the right to choose what happens to the lime wedge. That's why, if you ask me,
Where do you stand on this?
Lime juice can make or break a gin and tonic, depending on your taste. And if you asked for a fancy gin (say, Bombay), are you going to want lime juice squeezed into it by a bartender?
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