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(Slate)   The world's most elegant drink, gin and tonic, once saved the British empire   (slate.com) divider line 141
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2013-08-28 08:34:33 AM  
Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No
 
2013-08-28 08:38:42 AM  
Mmmm, tzjin-anthony-ks.
 
2013-08-28 08:39:45 AM  
mmmm, the sweet taste of bubbly pinetrees

*gag*
 
2013-08-28 08:41:17 AM  
The lime kept away scurvy; the tonic water kept away malaria, and the gin made you forget you were posted to f*cking India.
 
2013-08-28 08:45:10 AM  
A gin and tonic is about the most refreshing drink for a hot lazy afternoon. And they are simple to make: Put ice in glass. Take a lime slice or wedge and squeeze it over the ice before dropping it into the glass. Add gin. Add tonic. Stir. Drink. Repeat.

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin
//which is the best ;)
 
2013-08-28 08:57:55 AM  
Don't you mean gin and bitter lemon?
 
2013-08-28 09:00:44 AM  

mamoru: A gin and tonic is about the most refreshing drink for a hot lazy afternoon. And they are simple to make: Put ice in glass. Take a lime slice or wedge and squeeze it over the ice before dropping it into the glass. Add gin. Add tonic. Stir. Drink. Repeat.

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin
//which is the best ;)


A cucumber?  That sounds almost like a Screaming Viking (do you bruise the cucumber first?).

I probably go through a gallon of tonic water a week.  And I used to use a twist of lemon for my gin/vodka tonics but one day, I was out of lemon juice and my wife tossed in a vermouth olive instead.  ...Been doing that ever since.
 
2013-08-28 09:01:25 AM  
Cheers! *clink*
 
2013-08-28 09:01:59 AM  
I loves me some gin and tonic....hangovers are never that bad:
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2013-08-28 09:02:56 AM  
Hey everyone, I remember something from high school history! Look at me! Read me! Love me!
 
2013-08-28 09:04:28 AM  
You know it's the only thing, that keeps us together.
 
2013-08-28 09:08:34 AM  

mamoru: A gin and tonic is about the most refreshing drink for a hot lazy afternoon. And they are simple to make: Put ice in glass. Take a lime slice or wedge and squeeze it over the ice before dropping it into the glass. Add gin. Add tonic. Stir. Drink. Repeat.

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin
//which is the best ;)


Hendrick's is marvellous, but I've recently found these two small-batch gins made here in Canada:

Highly recommended.  The yellow one is made in the arctic.

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2013-08-28 09:10:44 AM  
Gin is awful.
 
2013-08-28 09:11:27 AM  
Could have said quinine and malaria in the first sentence. Or was this just a long stealth promo for Mad Men.
 
2013-08-28 09:12:11 AM  
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2013-08-28 09:13:22 AM  
I like gin and ginger beer far more than gin and tonic.
 
2013-08-28 09:14:22 AM  

Arkanaut: Cheers! *clink*


OH YEA!

*clink*
 
2013-08-28 09:14:41 AM  
Yum. A summer staple around here.
 
2013-08-28 09:15:01 AM  

ferretman: I loves me some gin and tonic....hangovers are never that bad:
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Goddamnit, now I'm thirsty.


(thirstier than normal)
 
2013-08-28 09:15:37 AM  

fireclown: Gin is awful.


Chaqu'un à son goût, but in my experience, most people who don't like gin were served it too warm, which yes, is horrible.  Gin should be kept in the freezer.
 
2013-08-28 09:16:11 AM  

Bruce Campbell: I like gin and ginger beer far more than gin and tonic.


Gin rickey for me. Fresh lime from the bodega, good gin, and sparkling water. Just the thing for a hot afternoon.
 
2013-08-28 09:19:18 AM  

notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No


I am on plaquenil for my lupus. So if I ever decide to travel to a tropical country, I think that I am covered.

/bonus
 
2013-08-28 09:19:44 AM  
I think William Hogarth would like to have a word about the effects of Gin on the English Empire
 
2013-08-28 09:23:24 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: fireclown: Gin is awful.

Chaqu'un Chacun à son goût, but in my experience, most people who don't like gin were served it too warm, which yes, is horrible.  Gin should be kept in the freezer.


FTFY, but otherwise I wholeheartedly agree. Keep that gin where it belongs: in the freezer next to the vodak.
 
2013-08-28 09:23:31 AM  
I'm usually not a gin person but I tried some this summer that was pretty darn good...Boodles.
 
2013-08-28 09:24:07 AM  
Or you could just not go around violently conquering other countries.
 
2013-08-28 09:25:28 AM  

ferretman: I loves me some gin and tonic....hangovers are never that bad:
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It has something to do with chemistry.  Clear alcohol lacks a certain chemical that aggravates hangovers that darker alcohol contains.  I forgot the name of it.  And the tonic water is at least hydration.  Being dehydrated will make a hangover worse as well.

smittler: I think William Hogarth would like to have a word about the effects of Gin on the English Empire

I guess it can't be worse than the Royal Navy--rum, lashings, and sodomy--and not necessarily in that order.
 
2013-08-28 09:26:09 AM  
mamoru:

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin
//which is the best ;)


You are correct!

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2013-08-28 09:26:34 AM  
That was a hell of a long way to say "because the tonic has quinine".
 
2013-08-28 09:29:27 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: Bruce Campbell: I like gin and ginger beer far more than gin and tonic.

Gin rickey for me. Fresh lime from the bodega, good gin, and sparkling water. Just the thing for a hot afternoon.


You can say 'store'.   By calling it a 'bodega' you self-identify as a douche.
 
2013-08-28 09:29:27 AM  
I kept myself amused jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.
 
2013-08-28 09:30:13 AM  

notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No


Cecil misses the boat on a couple counts.

Originally tonic water had MUCH more quinine in it.  In fact people most people made it themselves by adding the medicine directly into soda water, which was readily available in the form of those spiffy soda carbonators that you see in old timey movies.  They used to be standard bar accouterments.

Also, like snake oils, the curative effects aren't always the point.  Sure this potion won't cure my gout,  rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, depression, lack of get up and go, nor will it make every other of the 100 plus diseases and maladies listed on the bottle go away as claimed.  But if the snake oil is chock-a-block with booze, cocaine, and/or opoids...I WILL BE TOO HIGH TO CARE.
 
2013-08-28 09:30:58 AM  

notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No


Thank you for posting that. The myth of the Empire saved by a cocktail is just ridiculous.

So, done in one.

Also, anyone who likes Hendricks should just stick to American beer and leave the rest of us grownups alone.
 
2013-08-28 09:31:07 AM  

Hack Patooey: mamoru:

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin
//which is the best ;)

You are correct!


It's really hard to drink any other gin after having Hendrick's.

I usually have mine with ginger ale (or, when I can get my hands on it, Blenheim Ginger Ale. Spicy!)

I would love to master a gin fizz. Had an amazing one last summer - the bartender did such a good job I couldn't smell or taste the egg white, I thought he mixed it with cream.
 
2013-08-28 09:32:28 AM  

MemeSlave: OldManDownDRoad: Bruce Campbell: I like gin and ginger beer far more than gin and tonic.

Gin rickey for me. Fresh lime from the bodega, good gin, and sparkling water. Just the thing for a hot afternoon.

You can say 'store'.   By calling it a 'bodega' you self-identify as a douche.


He drives a BMW?
 
2013-08-28 09:32:38 AM  

mamoru: A gin and tonic is about the most refreshing drink for a hot lazy afternoon. And they are simple to make: Put ice in glass. Take a lime slice or wedge and squeeze it over the ice before dropping it into the glass. Add gin. Add tonic. Stir. Drink. Repeat.

/substitute cucumber for lime if using Hendrick's Gin


Screaming Viking?
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2013-08-28 09:33:04 AM  

ginandbacon: notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No

Thank you for posting that. The myth of the Empire saved by a cocktail is just ridiculous.

So, done in one.

Also, anyone who likes Hendricks should just stick to American beer and leave the rest of us grownups alone.


Enjoy your Beefeater gin, sir. Good day.
 
2013-08-28 09:36:36 AM  

Savage Bacon: God Is My Co-Pirate: fireclown: Gin is awful.

Chaqu'un Chacun à son goût, but in my experience, most people who don't like gin were served it too warm, which yes, is horrible.  Gin should be kept in the freezer.

FTFY, but otherwise I wholeheartedly agree. Keep that gin where it belongs: in the freezer next to the vodak.


Merde!
 
2013-08-28 09:36:38 AM  

Anastacya: notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No

I am on plaquenil  placebonil for my lupus psychosomaSo if I ever decide to travel to a tropical country, I think that I am covered.

/bonus


FTFY
 
2013-08-28 09:37:56 AM  
The first time I got drunk was on gin, at around age 15. I was so sick that I haven't touched gin in the 23 years since.

When I was a bartender the cocktail waitresses always confused the G&Ts with other clear drinks on their trays. So I'd have to dip a straw in one and taste it (as in removing the straw from the glass and tasting it, not sipping your drink). Even that minuscule amount was enough to trigger horrible adolescent memories. Which is too bad, because it's a very interesting spirit.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:07 AM  
Um, duh
 
2013-08-28 09:45:48 AM  
Gin & gin is a better drink.  Hand me the squareface.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:20 AM  
I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle
 
2013-08-28 09:48:59 AM  
another classic colonial "mixed" drink: the pink gin:

pour gin into tall glass. add drop of angostura bitters.

drink.
 
2013-08-28 09:50:04 AM  
My favorite concoction in the 80's until I noticed during a game of Trivia Pursuit that there is no "buzz" stage when drinking Gin.
 
2013-08-28 09:51:27 AM  
Eff the tonic. Just buy a nice quality gin and sip it on the rocks.
 
2013-08-28 09:52:16 AM  
The next time you want to drink like a woman, add a slice of nectarine or peach to your G&T in place of lime.

No, seriously, try it. It's really f'n good.

TRY IT.

I know there's a lush or eighty out there who'll thank me eventually.

/eat the peach.
 
2013-08-28 09:52:52 AM  

Gaambit: ginandbacon: notmtwain: Will the quinine in tonic water prevent malaria?  by Cecil Adams

// Short answer--  No

Thank you for posting that. The myth of the Empire saved by a cocktail is just ridiculous.

So, done in one.

Also, anyone who likes Hendricks should just stick to American beer and leave the rest of us grownups alone.

Enjoy your Beefeater gin, sir. Good day.


You have just proved my point. 

A) I am not a sir.
B) I don't drink Beefeater.

209, Rogue Spruce Gin, Even good old commercial Bombay Sapphire has a better blend than Hendricks. It's a low alcohol cucumber punch for people who just got weaned off shots and want to think they are sophisticated. So they freeze it and mix it with ginger ale. Like I said, grow up.
 
2013-08-28 09:54:31 AM  
I prefer Sapphire but Broker's is really almost as good for $10 less....  use that extra $10 for the tonic and limes.

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Hint for youngsters: When you are paying for alcohol there is almost no use drinking the super premium stuff after your second drink.  You won't really appreciate those finer flavors by your third round.
 
2013-08-28 09:54:54 AM  
Best mixer for gin is Mikes Hard Lime.

I know, I know. It's totally messed up and I'm horrible for even suggesting it. That's pretty much what I told the person who I first saw do it. Just try it and be amazed.
 
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