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Gin and tonic

Gin and tonic
Type: Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume:
  • Gin
Served: "On the rocks"; poured over ice
Standard garnish: citrus fruit, usually lime
Standard drinkware: highball glass
Commonly used ingredients:
Preparation: Mix and serve-stirred, not shaken.

A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, usually garnished with a slice of lime or lemon, served over ice. The ratio of gin to tonic water can vary considerably, from a glass of gin with a splash of tonic to one part gin for every five parts tonic.

In some countries, gin and tonic is marketed pre-mixed in single-serving cans.


This cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India.

Tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. Because the tonic water consumed to prevent malaria in the 18th century was extremely bitter, gin was added to make it more palatable. Although the consumption of tonic water currently has less medical use than it once did, the gin and tonic remains a popular drink. Tonic water available today contains less quinine and is consequently less bitter (usually sweetened). Because of this connection to warmer climates and its refreshing nature, this cocktail is more popular during the warmer months. [1]

See also

  • List of cocktails

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