It is one of the simplest cocktails to make, yet the Gin and Tonic is still as classy in its own right. Did we say classy? Yes we meant it.
The good old G&T is made with just about four ingredients – gin, tonic, ice and garnish (lime) – and there you have the perfect summer combo.
The Gin and Tonic mix is largely linked to the British, but the tradition of adding tonic to gin really began with the Indians in 1700s. In 1825, British officers began to mix gin with their daily ration of quinine tonic as a way of fighting malaria.
Tonic water, back then, was infused heavily with quinine, an extract from the South American cinchona tree. Known among the indigenous population as the “fever tree” because its bark was able to stop chills, cinchona bark was first brought to Europe in the 1640s when it was shown to cure and prevent malaria.
However, the taste of tonic water in those days was bitter and harsh. But it was soon discovered that the addition of gin, sugar, ice, and citrus helped to reduce the bitterness, and the inclusion of limes prevented scurvy.
After the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 (or the “Indian Mutiny”), the British Crown took over the governance of India from the British East India Company which led to growing number of Brits in India.
The increased demand for quinine that followed the British takeover led to the rise in popularity of the gin and tonic.
In spite of the long and winding history of the G& T, it is still a simple cocktail that you can make in the comfort of your house.
Below is how to make the Gin and Tonic Cocktail:
What you need:
- 4 cubes ice
- 2 fluid ounces gin
- 4 fluid ounces tonic water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 lime wedge
How to make
- Place the ice cubes in a tall, narrow glass with the ice coming near the top.
- Add gin, tonic water, and lime juice over the ice.
- Stir well with a long-necked spoon.
- Garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.