I had no knowledge of this BUT now that I do..

..I shall now prepare the first of my malarial control regimen for the day!

Delicious Variations of Gin & Tonic Cocktails

From Chilled Magazine

The Gin and Tonic was originally made to prevent and treat malaria. In India and other tropical regions, malaria was (and in some places continues to be) a persistent problem. It was discovered in the 1700′s that quinine (a natural white crystalline alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree and still used today as an ingredient in tonic water) had fever-reducing, antimalarial, painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties, and could be used to prevent and treat the disease.

The drawback? Quinine had a very bitter and unpleasant taste. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine, thus making the drink more palatable. Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction inevitably made sense. The Gin and Tonic was born.

Rather than mixing up just an ordinary Gin & Tonic, Hendrick’s Gin has provided us with a delicious and easy recipe. Hendrick’s is infused with cucumber and rose, which adds a nice twist to the classic Gin and Tonic cocktail.


  1. #1 by JP on October 7, 2014 - 7:17 PM

    Had no such knowledge of either, Sir Ike. Thank you for the info, it will add to the pleasure of my malarial treatments..lol

  2. #2 by Ike Jakson on October 7, 2014 - 7:01 PM

    Did you know that Gin was first made by the Dutch? They made it famous and call it Jenewer.

  3. #3 by Ike Jakson on October 7, 2014 - 6:57 PM

    Our country was once malaria infested; people died like flies in the early colonial days. Today we are almost malaria free but gin and tonic sales keep going up.

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