Battling mosquitos and shell shock with the ‘gin and tonic’

History’s cure-all cocktail, the gin and tonic, has its immediate origin in 19th century British India where, to stop the spread of mosquito-borne malaria, quinine was rationed to British colonists as a powdered drink called “Indian tonic water.” While saving countless lives, the tonic was too bitter for most drinkers, who searched for ways to mask the harsh taste. Gin quickly became the mixer of … Continue reading Battling mosquitos and shell shock with the ‘gin and tonic’