Today, the world takes a pause and celebrates that most refreshing cocktail. The smooth and refined G&T for friends. Some say the gin & tonic took hold in colonial India where British were suffering from malaria due to mosquitoes and vitamin C deficiency. Quinine was an anti-malarial medicine, but extremely bitter. It was dissolved in tonic to make it more palatable.
Gin, as a stand-alone drink was becoming very popular in the mid 1800s and it was not long before the British colonials topped up their tonic with some “Genever”.
Sailors had long been used to eating lemons and oranges to get additional vitamin C. Adding the lime or lemon wedge to the gin and tonic was a perfect complement.