On this very grey Monday morning don’t you wish you were watching one of the sunsets below and sipping on a delicious G and T?
Whether its in your own private plunge pool enjoying the African summer, on the top of a mountain surveying the sunset over the savannah or perched on a safari vehicle watching a herd of elephants drink at the waterhole; this is THE ultimate safari drink. Ever wondered where it came from and why?
The cocktail was introduced in the early 19th century by the army of the British East India Company in India when where Malaria was a problem. It was around the same time, during the British colonial period that the cocktail was first introduced to South Africa.
In the 1700s it was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat is, even though the bitter taste was unpleasant. British officers in India took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable. Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction made sense. Since it is no longer used as an antimalarial, tonic water today contains much less quinine, and is much sweeter.
A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over lots of ice. It is best garnished with a wedge of lime or lemon and served at sunset in the African bush! The amount of gin varies according to taste. Suggested ratios of gin to tonic are 1:1, 1:2 or if you are feeling brave 1:3!
As shown above the Gin and Tonic is best appreciated when served over an unforgettable African sunset. Contact Iconic Africa soon and we will be sure to organize you the G and T of a lifetime!