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A Turtle Named Mack 31 May 2016 01:04 AM

Why does gin and tonic taste so good?
 
The first G&T was made in India. Tonic is nothing but water mixed with quinine and sugar. (Carbonated tonic water came later.) During the Raj, when British soldiers were supposed to ingest very bitter quinine as an anti-malarial, they realized sugar, water, and gin would make it palatable. Quinine was superseded by better anti-malarial drugs, but G&T remained a popular cocktail.

Why does it taste so good?

http://qz.com/677700/why-does-gin-an...taste-so-good/

RichardM 09 June 2016 12:08 AM

Indeed how can something made with turpentine (gin is flavored with juniper berries) and such a bitter thing as quinine possibly taste good. Don't know but I'm going to make myself one.

ETA: The article cited above is interesting also.

ganzfeld 09 June 2016 02:43 AM

Turpentine isn't made from juniper berries or junipers or berries. (It's said that turp was added to cheap gin more than a century ago but so was pretty much anything else.)

RichardM 09 June 2016 03:23 AM

Turpentine comes from pine trees. The juniper tree is in the same family. When you squeeze a juniper berry it smells like turpentine.

GenYus234 09 June 2016 02:12 PM

A better question is why has every single culture throughout the entire galaxy created a drink that is called "gin and tonic"?

Darth Credence 09 June 2016 02:38 PM

Now, now, GenYus - it is only like 85% of the known worlds that have come up with the drink. No one even knows how much importance to attach to this.

FullMetal 09 June 2016 04:23 PM

but some of the gin and tonics are really revolting if I remember my guide...

GenYus234 09 June 2016 04:27 PM

If remembering is a possibility I'm guessing you've never had a properly made Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Darth Credence 09 June 2016 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FullMetal (Post 1918839)
but some of the gin and tonics are really revolting if I remember my guide...

Well, some can kill a cow at 100 paces, so there is that.

As to the PGGB, I haven't had a gold brick wrapped in lemon slammed into my head in quite a while - I'll have to have one again, since I can't seem to remember it.

RichardM 10 June 2016 01:27 AM

I actually bought a gin recently because it was the cheapest one on the shelf. It was flavored with juniper and other botanics. It tasted like swamp water. I poured it out. Most of the time, gin simply tastes like turpentine and that is fine. :)

UEL 10 June 2016 04:13 AM

I like gin and tonic. It is my preferred cocktail.

However, I have started building my ability to discern good gin, and good tonic. The old cheap brands of both (or either) just aren't doing it for me.

Over here, it is Hendrick's gin with Schweppes tonic. A smooth, tasty combination. mmmmmmmm

Mosherette 10 June 2016 08:11 AM

There's only one thing nastier than gin, and that's tequila.

:P

ganzfeld 10 June 2016 12:48 PM

I don't know what you people are drinking but I've never drank a turpentine that tastes like gin.

Darth Credence 10 June 2016 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ganzfeld (Post 1918944)
I don't know what you people are drinking but I've never drank a turpentine that tastes like gin.

Well, you clearly need to get a better quality of turpentine, then.


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