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6 cocktails with medicinal roots

By: Enrique Gili on March 26, 2013, 2:18 p.m.
gin and tonic

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Gin and Tonic

Quinine-based tonics helped the Brits build an empire by warding off malaria in the sweltering topics. Sipped over ice, the classic gin cocktail has a spiky edge to it.

Prep time: 5 minutes  

Total time: 5 minutes  

Yield: 1 cocktail

Gin and Tonic


  • 1/2 tray ice
  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 3 ounces tonic water, or to taste, preferably Schweppes
  • 2 wedges fresh lime
  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass halfway with ice. Add gin. Top with tonic water. Rim the glass with a lime wedge and squeeze a few drops of lime into the glass. Stir lightly. Add a fresh piece of lime as garnish.