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National Gin and Tonic Day

It’s Time to Celebrate Gin And Tonic Day!

National Gin and Tonic Day is about the celebration of two tremendous liquids combined to make one of the most popular cocktails worldwide! The gin market is in a boom and often leads the drinker to explore its roots. But what about the unsung hero of this cocktail, tonic? When 3/4 of a G&T is tonic, shouldn’t it get more of the spotlight?

Holy Tonic

Although tonic water was invented in the 1800s, quinine has been used throughout history. In the early 1600s a Catholic Pope died of Malaria, and the Vatican shortly after sent out a request for a cure. What was sent back was “Quina Quina” which later became known as Quinine and was used to treat Malaria.  Fast forward to 1736 and Charles Marie de la Condamine officially discovered Quinine which he harvested from the Cinchona Tree.
British Gin Officers

Drink up!

Tonic water has a rich history that dates back to the 1800s! In 1820, the British Army is often credited with the first invention of tonic water. As a part of their daily rations they were given quinine powder mixed with water, sugar, juices, herbs and spices to enhance taste. Well, that’s if they were lucky, as many a times the high-ranking officers were only lucky enough to get the extra additives to improve the taste. These officers were also known to mix the quinine powder with gin to “help the medicine go down.” It should also be noted that we can thank Jacob Schweppe for his invention of bottling carbonated water in 1783 that helped set in motion a beverage revolution. Without this invention, who knows where tonic water and many mixers would be today? With so many options of bottled mixers, it’s important to make sure it complements the drink and brings out its true flavour.

 

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I’ve Got a Fever, and the only prescription is more Fever Tree

With a premium spirit, comes premium responsibilty for a mixer! Fever Tree was started in 2005 by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow. Seeing a void in the market for an exceptional mixer, Fever Tree was born. But where did the Fever Tree name come from? Malaria was often referred to as “the fever”, and what was often given to Malaria patients, Cinchona Tree Bark! This tree helped to cure the fever and would often be known as the “Fever Tree” for its magical properties. Fever Tree sources its Quinine from Cinchona Trees located across the Rwanda Congo border and blends it with spring water and eight botanical flavours.  These ingredients range from Marigold Extra to a bitter orange from Tanzania. Fever Tree is proudly produced with no artificial sweeteners, preservative or flavourings. From Mediterranean Tonic to Indian Tonic to Aromatic Tonic to Ginger Beer, Fever Tree has a premium mixer to match with any cocktail or enjoyed on its own!

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