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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL GIN & TONIC DAY WITH PHCP! Behind the Bar

Have you ever researched the origin of your favorite cocktails? Each one has a story that adds an element of history and romanticism with each sip, and the gin and tonic is no different. The origin story of this beloved cocktail traces all the way back to pre-1900s India – and is about as fascinating and wild as the drink is light, refreshing and easy to make. In honor of International Gin and Tonic Day on October 19th, let’s find out a little more about this fan favorite.

We recently learned that the gin and tonic, also referred to as “G&T,” was first created as a product of necessity. When the British Empire took control of India in 1857, they found their guns were no match for the powerful mosquito-borne disease threat malaria. As a means to make the bitter antimalarial medicine quinine more palatable, British Officers decided to combine it with water, sugar, lime and gin; creating the very first iteration of the gin and tonic.1

The tasty treatment caught on after that, later debuting in America after WWII when Schweppes spent a lot of money advertising the concoction — now as a casual, refreshing cocktail rather than a medicinal beverage! Since it is no longer used as medicine, tonic water today contains much less quinine, is typically a bit sweetened, and consequently much less bitter.

Fun Fact: Today, you would need to drink 67 liters of Gin and Tonic a day in order to have a dose of quinine strong enough to prevent malaria.2

When made well, the gin and tonic is nothing short of alchemic perfection. To make a great G&T at home, you must think about the quality of the ingredients you’re using! A premium gin is extremely important, since it is one of those spirits that has a very distinct flavor profile. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, for example, is a versatile yet complex premium gin. It boasts 22 botanicals that were hand-foraged locally and sustainably on the Scottish Isle of Islay. You will need a high-quality tonic water as well. Instead of opting for an overly sweet tonic, upgrade your fizz by reaching for one of Q Mixers spectacular options. Not only are these mixers verified non-GMO and certified kosher, but their founder actually came up with the idea for Q Mixers while enjoying a G&T with some friends! Isn’t that serendipitous to say the least! 

Whether you prefer to drink yours out of a wine glass or muddle fresh fruits and herbs in a Collins glass for a different take, there are a number of variations to this classic cocktail that you can make at home! For this edition of #CocktailsintheCrib, we have provided you with not one…not two…but THREE different ways to enjoy a G&T, using the same build while providing different taste profiles by switching out different flavors of tonic and garnishes. So, go ahead and turn on some “Piano Man” by Billy Joel and prepare to elevate, in his words, your “tonic and gin.”


Traditional Gin & Tonic

1 ½ oz Premium Gin, like The Botanist Gin

5 oz Tonic Water, like Q Tonic

Garnish with a lime or lemon wedge and a sprig of mint

Build: Fill a glass with ice and add your choice of premium gin. Pour in tonic water and gently stir, using a long spoon to combine without reducing the fizz, and garnish.


Spiced Gin & Tonic

1 ½ oz Premium Gin, like The Botanist Gin

5 oz Tonic Water, like Q Indian Tonic

Garnish with cardamom, pink peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, and a lime peel

Build: Fill a glass with ice and add your choice of premium gin. Pour in tonic water and gently stir, using a long spoon to combine without reducing the fizz, and garnish.


Floral Gin & Tonic

1 ½ oz Premium Gin, like The Botanist Gin

5 oz Tonic Water, like Q Elderflower Tonic

Garnish with a lemon peel and a sprig of lavender

Build: Fill a glass with ice and add your choice of premium gin. Pour in tonic water and gently stir, using a long spoon to combine without reducing the fizz, and garnish.


How do you prefer your G&T? Sound off in the comments below, and don’t forget to tag @TeamPHCP in your International Gin and Tonic Day Instagram stories on Monday, October 19th. Be sure to use the hashtag #CocktailsintheCrib for a chance to be featured on the PHCP Instagram!

CHEERS!

Author: Bradie Bowen
Created: 2020/10/16
Updated: 2020/10/16
Category: Behind the Bar
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