Most of the time when Gin is ordered at the bar the tonic is served as well. Like a legend gin and tonic have become a common phrase among the tipplers nearly all over the World. The products are like an inseparable couple though somewhat outdated coming back into vogue.
But the trends are back on the table, and tonic water is coming into vogue not only as a carrier for gin but also as a cocktail mixer. The demand for tonic as a beverage is ever-growing and fast.
What is Tonic Soda?
During the British rule in India often referred to as Raj, the soldiers were quite susceptible to Malaria which was on epidemic stage in those times. The only known cure was the quinine which was derived from the bark of the Cinchona Tree found in South America and later grown at many places including in India.
Being a bitter liquid the medicine was imperative for the prevention and treatment of the malady. It was in a pandemic stage during the British Rule and many people died because of the mosquito-borne disease.
In order to safeguard the health and prevent malaria soldiers drank the liquid daily. However, the bitterness of quinine was intolerable and they began consuming it with sweetened water which was mixed with Gin at that time distilled in Britain. Hence the phrase gin and tonic became familiar in mess bars and restaurants. The mix became popular in households and traveled to Britain to become a legendary addiction.