3 Ways to Shake Up a Classic Gin and Tonic
There’s a reason the is a ubiquitous pairing: In the 19th century, when tonic was the preferred delivery device for antimalarial medicine, British officers in India discovered that a good dose of sugar, a squeeze of citrus, and some gin helped the bitter bubbly water go down easy. It was such a hit, in fact, that the concoction made its way around the world as something people drank for fun, not because their lives depended on it.
Over the years, however, tonic water, like most soft drinks, suffered—it grew sweeter and stickier, to the point that most bottles became full of sugar or corn syrup. Thankfully, a new generation of tonics—one less saccharine, with a bracing tartness and bitterness—came along and upended what bartenders could do with them. These upgraded versions pair well with just about any spirit, from the usual suspects of rum and vodka to more surprising choices, like vermouth. Here’s a guide for experimenting, as well as three can’t-miss tonic highballs.
1. Vermouth & Tonic
Not jut vermouth but all kinds of fortified wine—port, sherry, etc.—make excellent tonic partners, and their low alcohol content is perfect for all-day sipping.
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