Gin and tonic is one of the most famous cocktails, normally complimented with a slice of lime, lemon or orange. The primary alcohol used in this drink is gin and its ratio can be varied according to customer’s demand. Tonic can be used in the form of syrup and can be replaced by soda water, a common practice in the bars. The drink is also known as G and T and in various countries; it has been altered by changing the type of gin.
The cocktail has a unique history and goes back to the time when the British forces started their occupation in India. Malaria was a life taking disease back then, and quinine which had just been discovered as a cure was too bitter in taste. The soldiers added the medicine in a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to make it palatable.
In Spain, a variation of this cocktail has become extremely popular and goes by the name of Gin Tónica. Instead of a tall lean glass, this drink is served in a balloon glass, and is served with an assortment of fruits and herbs which enhance the gin taste. In fact, there is a whole menu from which the customers can select their desired garnish.
The cocktail is a must in tropical countries, and is often served on the rocks, i.e. on cubes of ice.
Prep time: 4 min
Cook time: Nil
Total time: 4 min
Yield: 1 serving
Utensils: A tall narrow glass, tablespoon, A wooden straw mixer
Water Ice Cubes: 4 to 5 tonic
Gin: 3 ounces
Tonic water: 4 ounces
Freshly squeezed lime juice: 1 tablespoon
Lime wedge for garnish