Why do you think Winston Churchill said, “The Gin Tonic saved more English lives and souls than any doctor in the Empire.”
To understand this famous phrase pronounced by the very famous Churchill himself, we must look at the origin of the no less famous “Gin Tonic“! Because before being Gin and Tonic, this cocktail, more than in fashion today, has its origins in the medical world. Did you say medical? Yes !!!
The origin of this cocktail is Tonic Water, developed in the middle of the 18th century, it is a carbonated drink containing water with quinine. Quinine is extracted from a shrub native to South America, cinchona. It is then what is called a natural anti-pyretic alkaloid, analgesic and above all, and this is what will interest doctors, antimalarial. Quinine is then used for the prevention of malaria in tropical environments. Its taste is so bitter that we will sweeten it with sugar and guess what? Alcohol (preferably strong), rum or gin … Gin Tonic was born!
Today, there are a large number of derivatives of this relatively simple cocktail and mixologists are having a great time with that !
Let’s stay purist for the moment and let’s take a look at the simple Gin Tonic recipe!
“Gin Tonic” recipe
4 cl of gin
8 cl of tonic
On the tonics market, there are a large number of brands, from the very famous “Fever Tree” and “Schweppes Indian Tonic” to at least known Tonic from Red Bull (our favorite, see our article on the different Tonics). It’s up to you to try simply by tasting.
1 serving glass
Fill the glass with ice cubes, serve the gin and then the tonic… simple no?
Good tasting !
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