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April 9th | National Gin and Tonic Day: Good for what ails ya

Ah, the Gin and Tonic. The perfect drink for a hot summer day, a cool winter night, or pretty much any time you're feeling thirsty. But where did this classic cocktail come from? And how can you make the perfect G+T? Grab a bottle of gin and some tonic water, and let's find out.

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Gin and Tonic

The History and Origins of the Gin and Tonic

Believe it or not, the Gin and Tonic was actually invented as a way to prevent malaria. Back in the 19th century, British soldiers stationed in India would mix their daily dose of quinine (a bitter powder that's effective against malaria) with gin and sugar to make it more palatable. Thus, the Gin and Tonic was born.

The drink quickly caught on, and by the 20th century, it had become a staple of British drinking culture. Today, the Gin and Tonic is enjoyed all over the world, from London to New York to Sydney.

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Gin + Tonic Ingredients

Tips for Making the Best G+T

Now that you know a little bit about the history of the Gin and Tonic, let's talk about how to make the perfect one. Here are a few tips:

  1. Play around with Gins: There are SO MANY types of gin. London Dry, herbaceous, Pink, barrel-aged, etc. Try them all. Here is a list of my favorites.

  2. Use the right ratio: The traditional ratio for a Gin and Tonic is 2:1, with two-part gin and one part tonic water. But feel free to experiment and adjust the ratio to your liking.

  3. Use fresh ingredients: Don't skimp on the fresh lime and ice. The lime adds a bright, citrusy flavor, while the ice keeps the drink nice and cold.

  4. Experiment with garnishes: While a slice of lime is the classic garnish for a Gin and Tonic, you can also try other garnishes like cucumber, mint, or even jalapenos for a little extra kick.

  5. Choose the right tonic water: Not all tonic waters are created equal. Look for high-quality tonic water that's not too sweet and has a good balance of bitterness and fizz.

So there you have it, folks: the history and origins of the Gin and Tonic, and some tips for making the perfect one. Now, go forth and mix yourself with a delicious G+T. And remember: always drink responsibly, and never forget the quinine. It's good for what ails ya.


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