The gina and tonic (G&T) cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India and widely used in other tropical regions to fight malaria.

In the 1700s it was discovered by Scottish doctor George Cleghorn that quinine could be used to prevent and treat the disease.

The quinine was drunk in tonic water, however the bitter taste was unpleasant, so British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, thus gin and tonic was born.

Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction made sense.

And that is how the humble gin and tonic was born. Learn how you can make the best gin and tonic at home at G&T Club.

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