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Happy International Gin and Tonic Day

Cheers to you!
Cheers to you!

In keeping with this week's personal survival theme, Happy Gin and Tonic Day!
The classic gin and tonic cocktail was introduced to the world in the 18th century by the army of the British East India Company in India as they added gin to their daily intake of quinine-based tonic water to make the elixir more palatable.
In India and other tropical regions, malaria was a persistent problem. In the 1700s it was discovered that quinine could be used to treat the disease, although the bitter taste was considered unpleasant. British officers in India took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable. Since it is no longer used as an anti-malarial, tonic water today contains much less quinine, is usually sweetened, and is consequently much less bitter.
Due to its historical connection with warm climates, gin and tonic is a popular cocktail during the warmer months. However, the gin and tonic is considered a classic cocktail and enjoyed and respected year-round.
To make a classic G & T:
Place the ice cubes in a glass with the ice. Pour gin, tonic water, and lime juice over the ice. Stir well with a long-necked spoon. Garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.
Locally, there are some wonderful Colorado gins such as Roundhouse of Boulder and Spring 44 and Dancing Pines of Loveland.


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