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Gin & Tonic Day

April 09, 2021 06:00 AM until April 09, 2021 11:30 PM

Once a supposed cure for malaria, the Gin & Tonic is now a bar staple. 

The cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India. In India and other tropical regions, malaria was a persistent problem. In the 1700s, Scottish doctor George Cleghorn studied how quinine, a traditional cure for malaria, could be used to prevent the disease. The quinine was drunk in tonic water but the bitter taste was unpleasant. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, thus gin and tonic was born!*


National Gin & Tonic day is April 9th and here at The Shipwright's Daughter we are celebrating all things G&T with 4 new signature cocktails, each inspired by the boats at Mystic Seaport Museum. 




*Raustiala, Kal (28 August 2013). "Gin and tonic kept the British Empire healthy: The drink's quinine powder was vital for stopping the spread of malaria". Slate.com.