For the connoisseur of classics, the sour, fruity aroma of marasca cherries mixed with intense notes of juniper are highlighted by the addition of freshly squeezed lime juice — and add a pleasantly tangy aftertaste to the standard Gin and Tonic.
2 oz. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
4 oz. tonic water
Lime wheel for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice, and pour in Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin.
Top with tonic water and garnish with lime wheel.
Year of Origin
Gin & Tonic
How a “medicinal” cocktail went from “Better-For-You” to just… better.
n the late 18th and early 19th centuries, British
soldiers colonizing East India dealt with constant
outbreaks of malaria, which was par for the course in the tropical landscape. To solve this, they took a page out of Scottish doctor George Cleghorn’s medical journal, which claimed that tonic water (and its main ingredient, quinine) could alleviate the symptoms of malaria. After a few sips of the plain, bitter tonic water, the soldiers decided that recovery could be a bit less horrible… they added parts of rationed gin, sugar, lime juice, and water, and the Gin and Tonic was born.
Today, the Gin and Tonic has moved past its “medicinal” origins (perhaps made easier by the revelation that it didn’t actually cure anything) and is now an easy cocktail that comes standard at virtually every bar you visit. Its simplicity in ingredients truly lends itself to innovation, both at the bar and at your bar cart — and our 2019 version of the Sour Cherry Gin and Tonic stands as proof.
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