Story of Gin & Tonic
Back in the 1600s and 1700s, The East India Company was at the very heart of global trade, operating out of London’s famous docklands. Among the many exotic treasures amassed on the Company’s intrepid voyages were rare varieties of spices and botanicals. These aromatic ingredients would become pivotal in the inception and evolution of London Dry Gin, arguably the most iconic spirit ever to come out of the capital.
To make it more palatable, the inventive British East India men would sweeten quinine with sugar, dilute it with water and mix in gin from the gin stores they had brought with them from Britain.
This was effectively the birth of the classic Gin & Tonic cocktail, known and loved by millions today.