*Boozy Fridays presents the Gin and Tonic*
Fresh drink for the summer days or a cure medicine?
Gin and tonic, one of the most favorite and simple Britain’s drink , consists of 4 ingredients (gin, tonic, ice, garnish).
Although, simple in the content, gin and tonic has a long and complex history, filled with intrigue. It is said that Dr. Sylvius de Bouve invented it in the 16th century in Leiden , Holland as a medical treatment , through to aid circulation. By 1750, over 11 millions gallons were consumed by Londoners annually, a simple and low cost drink became by the mid – 19th century a gentleman’s drink.
In 1857, the British crown took over the governance of India. The immigrants struggled with the ravages of malaria in the tropical climate, the best cure to those illnesses: The gin and tonic.
Tonic Water, was infused heavily with quinine, an extract from the south American cinchona tree. This tree was known as the “fever tree” because its bark was able to stop chills and more specific to cure and prevent malaria. Because of its bitter and harsh taste, brits added gin, sugar, ice and citrus to make it more palatable.
What about the spirit base of that drink. The origin of gin starts in the sixteenth – century by a Dutch physician, Sylvius de Bouve. He created a highly – alcoholic medicinal concoction called Jenever. Some students of the spirit argue that English soldiers discovered it while fighting in Holland in the 1580s during th Dutch war of Independence. The English nicknamed the drink “ Dutch courage”. In the 1688 the English began to produce a gin at a low cost. Gin consumption exploded in England by the first half of eighteenth century. London became the capital not only of a growing empire, but also the drinking of gin.
“The timeless gin and tonic can cure all ills except…hangovers”
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