Gin and Tonic – bitter freshness
The Gin and Tonic, or “G&T”, is a highball cocktail made of, you guessed it – gin and tonic water. Made in a highball or a Collins glass with lots of ice, G&T is a classic and very refreshing mix known to everyone. So far it sounds like the easiest cocktail you can ever make, but that is not exactly true. For a proper Gin and Tonic, you need to consider everything from the glass to the type of Gin you are using and even the garnish (different gins have different garnish). The proportions are also important, and it’s usually 1 part Gin and 2 parts tonic water. You can always adjust that according to your taste.
The history behind the G&T:
G&T was first introduced by the army of the British East India Company. In India and other tropical countries, Malaria was a serious problem, but in the 1700s doctor, George Cleghorn studied quinine, which can be found in tonic water and was also a traditional cure for the disease. Because of the unpleasant bitter taste, British officers in the early 19th century started adding a mixture of sugar, water, lime, and gin to the quinine to make it more drinkable and so the G and T was born.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) London Dry Gin.
- 4 Ounces (120 ml) Tonic Water.
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) Fresh lime juice.
And here is how we make our Gin and Tonic:
- Get a highball or a Collins glass and fill it up with ice.
- Squeeze 1 lime wedge on top of the ice.
- Add your gin, followed by tonic water.
- Stir gently and garnish with a slice of lime or a lime wedge.
- If you didn’t know G&T was essentially a medicine, you do now and you can drink to that.