The Gin and Tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, usually garnished with a slice of lime or lemon and often served over ice.

It was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India. Tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. Because the tonic water consumed to prevent malaria in the 18th century was extremely bitter, gin was added to make it more palatable. The bitter flavor of quinine complements the green notes of gin (flavored with juniper) much like dry vermouth complements gin in a classic martini

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The Gin and Tonic Cocktail

Fill a tall glass with ice, then add:

  • 1-1/2 oz. Gin
  • Tonic water to fill
  • Garnish with a lime slice.


Gin Quote: “A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.” – Roy Blount, Jr.

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