Gin And Tonic – Late 1800s British Style Recipe

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Gin And Tonic
Gin And Tonic

This was the cocktail of the English empire. Tonic water contains quinine used to cure Malaria, so the English would distribute units of tonic water to their soldiers stationed in India and Africa to keep them from getting sick.

As all things medicine-related go, someone (likely troop members stationed in India) thought to add gin and lime juice to it to make it taste better. Thus the gin and tonic were born. This is the drink that, for better or worse, colonized the world.


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Gin And Tonic

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British






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Learn how to make a Gin and Tonic.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 5 oz Tonic Water


  • Add ice to the serving glass. Combine all the ingredients except the Tonic Water in the serving glass.
  • Mix the gin and lime juice to chill it.
  • Add the Tonic Water
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.


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