Old School Gin & Tonic
Gin & Tonic has been one of my favorite alcoholic refreshments for the longest time. During this time, I made my way up from the usual entrance level Gins such as Gordon's to the more sophisticated - and sadly more pricey - ones. Along with that, I was also diving into the different tonic waters that are available in stores.
In doing so for a while, I had my favorite combinations identified and settled on Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water as my go to because it can stand up to a robust gin and complement it without getting lost. I also found my favorite combinations when it comes to G&T. Hendrick's is great with cucumber, Tanqueray with lime or lemon, The Duke with fresh raspberries, and so on.
Then recently I found out how G&T was originally made, back when it was an alleged Malaria prevention in the British colonies of India. Instead of using a sparkling tonic water, they imported tonic syrups that contained the Quinine and other flavors and then added soda water for the effervescence. While it is significantly different then what you might be used to in Gin & Tonics, it is worth giving it a try and enjoy an old-school version of your and mine favorite beverage.
Here's some more information about the tonic syrups and their story.
- Pour the Gin and Tonic Syrup into a tumbler with ice and stir well to combine.
- Add slice of lime and top with soda water