Gin and Tonic
Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer and a Gin and Tonic is the official drink. With hot weather comes the need for lighter, brighter libations than we typically enjoy during the cold months. The perfect antidote to summer temperatures is a gin and tonic. They’re quick and easy to make, relaxing and thirst quenching.
History of the Gin and Tonic
The history of gin begins in ancient times. Beginning in the middle ages, which is the period from 500 to 1500 A.D. Originally conceived as an herbal medicine it has evolved into the popular spirit we enjoy today.
Invention of the G&T is generally credited to the army of the British East Indies Company. Stationed in India where malaria was a common illness and for which quinine was the cure, necessity became the mother of invention. Quinine alone was too bitter to swallow, so they began adding gin with sugar and lime juice. This combination of ingredients created a chemical reaction that negated the bitterness of the quinine and voila, the prevention of malaria became an enjoyable cocktail.
Tonic today, doesn’t need a medicinal dose of quinine and is also pre-sweetened. Gins provide endless flavor variations and the number is growing thanks to the explosion of boutique craft distilleries. Go ahead. Establish a noble goal to try them all. Betcha can’t.
Let’s pause now. It’s hot and I’m thirsty. Let’s make a great summer drink!
- Yield: 1 1x
- Cubed ice
- 2–1/2 ounces good quality gin
- Schweppes tonic water
- Juice of a quartered fresh lime
- Begin with a double rocks glass
- Fill the glass with cubed ice
- Add 2-1/2 ounces good quality gin such as Tanquerey, Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire
- Top off with Schweppes tonic water
- Squeeze the juice of a quartered fresh lime on top and drop in the lime
- Jiggle the glass and avoid the temptation to stir it
- Enjoy each sip as the flavor changes
- Repeat. Don’t drive.
And just one more thing…
Raise a glass to the fallen on Memorial day because they are the reason you stand.