The Gin and Tonic has an auspicious beginning, as both ingredients were initially intended to simply be for medicinal use.
Gin was invented around the year 1650 by a Dutch professor who was known by two different names; Sylvuis, and Franz de la Boé. The original idea behind it was that the juniper berries would help with kidney ailments, but it was only a few years before English soldiers in the area began taking pleasure in the newly crafted spirit. Within a decade, it was being commercially produced in England, and before long, Gin Madness began, as it was cheaper than beer, and cleaner than water. By 1750, the people of London were consuming an estimated 11 million gallons of Gin per year, even though the entire population of England was merely 2.5 million.
Tonic, likewise, was also intended as a medicine. Soldiers in the British East India Company were being given quinine tablets in order to fight malaria, which was running rampant through their ranks in the middle of the 19th century. In order to water down the bitter qualities of quinine, the tablets were dropped into water, creating tonic water. Many soldiers in the Company still did not particularly enjoy the taste, so they began introducing Gin, to improve the flavor. The Gin and Tonic was born, and by 1858, it had been patented as a mixer for alcoholic beverages.
- High-ball glass
- 2oz Gin
- 1oz Tonic Water
- Garnish with lime