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Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
  • 12 fluid ounces gin
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Glass

Gin and Tonic Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine pink lemonade, gin, ice cream, strawberries and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Original recipe makes 6 (6 ounce) servings

History of the Gin and Tonic Cocktail

Gin and tonics were - similar to gin itself - in the beginning developed as a medicine. In this case to help battle malaria. When the British were in the East they grew to become prone to malaria and eventually discovered that quinine, a substance in tonic water, was effective at getting rid of the illness. Well, as you would possibly expect, drinking tonic water alone is pretty horrible (unless of course you've acquired a taste for this) and they had issues getting the British in the East to consume it.

Along comes our buddy gin to be combined with the tonic water, which not simply made drinking it a lot more pleasing, but also generated an excellent cocktail that would be loved from then on, even though its relationship to the illness was forgotten. And so, as you can see, gin and tonic water came to exist because of medicinal reasons, then caught on later on for its more pleasurable points.

On a small note, the lime - served in any good gin and tonic - that is a citrus fruit, thereby containing vitamin C, helps to prevent scurvy. Often the limes are not the dominant ingredient of gin and tonic, so they won't really get rid of scurvy if you've already got it - unless you consume a lot of gin and tonics obviously .