The Gin and Tonic was originally made to prevent and treat malaria. In India and other tropical regions, malaria was (and in some places continues to be) a persistent problem. It was discovered in the 1700′s that quinine (a natural white crystalline alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree and still used today as an ingredient in tonic water) had fever-reducing, antimalarial, painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties, and could be used to prevent and treat the disease.

The drawback? Quinine had a very bitter and unpleasant taste. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine, thus making the drink more palatable. Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction inevitably made sense. The Gin and Tonic was born.

Rather than mixing up just an ordinary Gin & Tonic, Hendrick’s Gin has provided us with a delicious and easy recipe. Hendrick’s is infused with cucumber and rose, which adds a nice twist to the classic Gin and Tonic cocktail.

HendricksAndTonic cocktail

Hendrick’s and Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • 3/4 parts tonic water
  • 3 cucumber wheels to garnish

Preparation: Pour the ingredients in a highball glass with ice cubes and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices.

If you prefer a tropical variation of the original, you can try the Oxley Refuge, created by Duggan McDonnell of Cantina, San Francisco.

Oxley refuge gin and tonic cocktail

Oxley Refuge Gin and Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Oxley Gin
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • The Perfect Puree Coconut Puree (to taste)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Fentiman’s Tonic
  • Cardamom powder
  • Slice of lime for garnish

Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Lillet Blanc, coconut puree, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add a splash of tonic and a pinch of cardamom powder, garnish with lime.

If you want to try something other than a Gin & Tonic, try these delicious Tanqueray Gin cocktails.



Tanqueray Gin & Juice

TanquerayGinAndJuice
Splash 1 1/4 oz. of Tanqueray® London Dry Gin in a shaker. Then add 2 oz. of both fresh orange and pineapple juice. Fill with ice, shake and strain then squeeze some lime and dunk.

Tanqueray Tiny Ten

TanquerayTinyTen cocktail
Add 1 1/4 oz. of Tanqueray No. Ten & 1/2 oz. of simple syrup in a shaker. Crush quarter of a grapefruit, then dunk. Throw in some rocks then shake it up and serve.

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