While many may know the simplicity that goes into making a Gin & Tonic, they may not know the origin of this classic drink. Gin & Tonic was created in the 19th century by the army of the British East India Company in India. Malaria was a consistent problem in India and other tropical regions so, in the 1700’s it was discovered that quinine could prevent and treat the disease. Because quinine had such a bitter taste; British officers added a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine to make it bearable for the soldiers to ingest. Once the “antimalarial” formula was no longer needed, soldiers continued to drink the sweetened gin & homemade tonic water with reduced amounts of quinine, thus giving us today’s popular cocktail.
When mixing a Gin & Tonic, the ingredients are purely going to depend on the customer’s preference as there are several different brands of gins. If the customer doesn’t know what they want, make a suggestion based on your favorite, best sellers or simply what you have behind the bar. Some more popular gins are Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s Gin and Tanqueray.