About this recipe
Gin and tonic were first brought together in the 18th century, with tonic taken as a treatment for malaria in colonial India. Quinine was standard issue among the British military of the time, and so became the base ingredient of new ‘tonic’ drink. It’s the quinine that gives the G&T its characteristic, delicious and slightly bitter taste. The army of the British East India Company then developed a drink mixing the tonic with sugar, gin and lime, and the G&T was born.
The G&T crops up in the book version of Dr No, where James Bond specifies exactly how to make a good G&T, in typical style. It also appears in Billy Joel’s 1973 hit single Piano Man, and UK band Oasis mention the drink in their single Supersonic. Recently a boom for the G&T in Spain has led to the creation of Gin Tonica, a serving of the components in a balloon glass or coupe glass with plenty of ice.
As with all the great mixed drinks, the make-up of a classic G&T is open to debate, however. The most popular tends to be one part gin to three parts tonic, poured over ice and garnished with squeezed lime wedges, but those who like to taste the subtle flavours of Tanqueray London Dry Gin may mix it one to one. As a garnish lemon is more often used than lime. Whatever you decide, the principle remains the same: a delicious cocktail that has stood the test of time.