About classic Gin and Tonic
The very popular and beloved Gin and Tonic, also called G&T started off as a medically prescribed drink. First created in Holland, Gin was a form of medicine in the 17th century and was known as Genever. During that time, along with other botanicals such as star anise and coriander seeds, juniper was believed to have medicinal properties. It was distilled with malt Spirit, which then created the Genevar. The British discovered the Genevar during the Thirty Years' War when the British soldiers fought against the Dutch. It became increasingly popular by 1720, and most houses in London had begun to make their own Gin.
Several years later, anybody and everybody had started producing Gin. As a result, several legislative acts had been passed to restrict the production of poor quality Gin. When the British colonised India, they had to live in warmer climates. Malaria was quite prevalent during the time, and hence to ward off the disease, they started to use the bitter-tasting quinine, extracted from the cinchona bark. This in turn was made into a tonic by dissolving it in water and adding sugar to sweeten the drink. As soon as the people’s favourite spirit was added to it, they now had a drink which not only tasted delicious but also prevented them from falling ill.
Gin and Tonic thus became one of the fastest-growing drinks in the world. Since then, the drink has been infused with a number of changes and makers around the world have added their own variations to it. Watermelon makes a great addition to this iconic drink, making it as refreshing as ever!
Watermelon G&T, what else?
The watermelon G&T itself is a riff on the traditional classic G&T, which is just Gin and Tonic water. There are various variations that can be done with the conventional G&T, it is all about personalising the favourite cocktail! If you like your cocktail to be spicy and hit you right on those taste buds, the Spiced Orange and Cinnamon G&T is just the one for you. It is a blend of fresh orange and flavours of cinnamon that is a perfect seasonal cocktail. The Spiced Orange and Cinnamon G&T is perfect to have on cold autumn nights.
- We often forget to or just simply do not taste the tonics and gins before purchasing a certain variety. It is very important to understand which gin and tonic go best together to level up your cocktail game.
- Use a larger ice cube for the drink. This will keep your cocktail chilled as you sip through it.
- A cucumber ribbon goes best with a Watermelon G&T.
- Use a premium quality of Gin, such as the conventional Bombay Sapphire to get the right taste of the drink.
- Add freshly sliced watermelon and rosemary to a mixing jar, and muddle
- Fill a glass with ice
- Add the lime juice and gin
- Stir well
- Add the ice cubes to a cocktail glass
- Double-strain the drink before adding it to the cocktail glass
- Top it up with the tonic water
- Garnish with another rosemary and a watermelon slice