Recipe hack: How to make Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic at home

Critic Brad A. Johnson says Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic is one of the best cocktails in Orange County, and he’s figured out how to make a bootleg version at home.
Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 23, 2020
It’s no secret that I love the Vaca tonic at Vaca in Costa Mesa. This frozen gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing cocktails in Orange County. And since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve been selling that drink to-go, which is...
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