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A history of alcohol: gin

Classically, gin should be served with cubes of ice, a wedge of lime and tonic water. But where do the tonic and lime come from? Tonic contains quinine which has antimalarial properties and became an important mixer with gin for colonial British officers, initially in South Asia but also in Africa. Lime was originally added to gin to make lime juice more palatable, because it was a good countermeasure against scurvy.

A history of alcohol

Tea may well be our National drink, but there’s no denying the long-held, never-ending love the population of the UK has for Ale!...and Gin...and Vodka....and basically all spirits.

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