Gin and Tonic

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90ml gin
120ml tonic water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Garnish: lime wedge


Fill tall glass with ice cubes. Add gin, tonic, and lime juice. Stir well.

Garnish with a wedge of lime.

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History of the Gin and Tonic

It is said that Gin was invented around 1650 in the Netherlands by Dr. Sylvuis. This man - who is also known as Franz de la Boe- was Professor of Medicine at Leyden, Holland. Originally, he intended this "medicine" as a remedy for kidney disorders. He used neutral grain spirits flavored with the oil of juniper. He called it genever after the French term 'genievre' meaning juniper. By 1655 it was already being commercially produced and English soldiers serving in the area, took affection to the spirit. 1690 Londoners consume one-half million gallons of Gin.1695 British beer taxes are raised, making Gin the cheapest beverage in England. August 16, 1920 The Volstead Act (Prohibition) goes into effect. Saloons and bars give way to speakeasies. Gin, the easiest spirit to produce illegally, is king and contributes to the rising popularity of the cocktail because of its smooth, dry quality and because it mixes well with other flavors. Spirit consumption goes up and moves from the saloon to the home. Women civilize the saloons.1934 The Volstead Act is repealed, ending Prohibition. Early 1950's The cocktail hour becomes an established feature of the US lifestyle and executives enshrine the three-martini lunch.(image source glass)

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