August 28, 2019

The History Of Gin & Tonic

If you are on the hunt for a delicious cocktail, you will have plenty of options to choose from, but one that we will know and love is Gin & Tonic. This classic cocktail is well known all over the world, with many bars putting their own spin on things by incorporating fruit garnishes and special tonics.

The History Of Gin & Tonic

The drink itself may be a simple one, using only a few ingredients, however, the history is long, complex and filled with intrigue. Dr. Sylvius de Bouve invented gin in Holland during the 16th century. It was actually prescribed as a treatment for poor circulation at the time. Slowly gin made its way to the UK where it became the drink of choice, largely because it was cheap in cost. The popularity of this drink boomed, it is thought that Londoners consumed more than 11 million gallons of gin on a yearly basis by 1750.

Now you know a little bit more about the origins of gin, but what about its combination with tonic? This occurred when Brits began to make their way to India after the British colonisation of the country in 1857. Due to the tropical climate and the long sea journeys, they suffered from malaria and scurvy. They used Gin & Tonic to cure this. Tonic was heavily infused with guanine. Guanine is an extract from the South American cinchona tree. And, South America is one place where you can get a great G&T! It is started making inroads into Latin America in the past five years, with people incorporating some alcohol tasting when they plan the best South America tour. The bark of Guanine was able to stop chills. However, back then Tonic water had a taste that was harsh and bitter. Thus, tonic provided the cure, whilst gin simply made it easier to swallow.

How To Make Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic is not only one of the best cocktails around the world because it tastes delicious, but also it is really easy to make. You will need the following…

  • Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Ice
  • Lime
  • Highball glass
  • Stirrer

Take the highball glass and add some ice. After this, you’ll need to add the gin followed by the tonic. If you are new to this cocktail it is a good idea to start with one part gin to three parts tonic. You can then adjust the ratio to suit your own taste. Once you have done this, gently stir the mixture and garnish with a slice or wedge of lime. Now, enjoy!

So there you have it: all you need to know about one of the drinks that is so popular today!

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