Quinine is what gives tonic water it’s distinctive unique taste, it was added to water as a prophylactic against malaria, since it was originally intended for consumption in tropical areas of South Asia and Africa.
Quinine powder is so bitter that British officials stationed in early 19th century India and other tropical posts mixed the powder with soda and sugar, and tonic water was created.
The first patent for tonic water was awarded in 1858 to Erasmus Bond from London.
Johann Jacob Schweppe’s the royal purveyor to the British court since 1831, introduced its own quinine-and-lime-infused mineral water onto the market in a big way in 1870. Schweppe himself never lived to see the day as he passed away in 1821.
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