Why We’re Still Drinking Gin & Tonics After 170+ Years

The name “Gin & Tonic” was coined by James Burroughs who wrote about it in his book “The Epicure’s Almanac”. It became popular during World War I as an alternative to Champagne which was unavailable at the time. Gin, especially the new craft gin, is now one of the most consumed liquors around the world.

Gin & tonic has been around since 1841 and was made popular by British colonists who brought gin into India. The word “tonic” comes from quinine which is derived from Peru’s cinchona tree bark that was believed to be able to cure malaria. Tonic water is still used today as it contains high levels of bitter compounds such as Quinine along with sugar and carbonated water giving this drink its unique flavour. What makes these drinks so special (other than how delicious they are) is that they are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating or just want to wind down, this drink is always there for you.

Now that we’ve settled the history of gin and tonic, let’s talk about why they’re so popular. First off, it’s all because of their taste. Gin & Tonic also comes in a variety of different flavours with fruit juices and liqueurs added to them such as raspberry or strawberry; there is even an espresso version called “Coffee G&T” which has coffee beans macerated into gin then mixed up with tonic water poured over ice cubes topped off with lemon juice and sugar syrup just like how you would order your regular old favourite drink at Starbucks. Secondly, these drinks have become part of many people’s lives and therefore for some it is an essential. If you are celebrating with friends or family, enjoying a few drinks after work, at the weekend brunch with your parents or even when catching up with an old friend in town, there is always room for G&T.

One thing to remember is that you need to use a very good quality gin when making a G&T, such as the delicious Old Bakery Gin or Archangel Gin. Craft gin provides the exquisite flavours required to make a great G&T.