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Gin & Tonic

gin, carbonated tonic water, and a lime or lemon squeeze

One of the most ubiquitous drinks in the world, the Gin & Tonic emerged in 1860s colonial India, achieving world-wide popularity by the 1930s.

The quote in the image, above, is from Charles H. Baker, Jr.’s “The Gentleman’s Companion” (1939). The base ratio is two parts tonic water to one part gin. Of course, you can adjust this to taste.

Gin & Tonic

Build in a tall glass filled with ice:

  • 1 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 3 oz tonic water

Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon.

Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 319–20; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz