Sharkbaits Cocktail of the Week: Tonic For Your Health

Happy Friday people. This week were drinking to our health, as this week’s cocktail had roots in keeping you healthy. According to The Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker (of which, is quickly becoming my favorite cocktail book) the Gin & Tonic “originated to combat fever – both real and alleged”. Alcohol does kill germs right?  Plus, quinine is an anti malarial. So there has to be some truth to this statement.

Gin & Quinine Water, or Gin & Tonic:1 to 1 and a half jiggers of dry or Old Tom gin

Quinine water


Combine the gin and ice in a highball glass, top with Quinine water

A gin & tonic really underscores the need for quality ingredients, because you’re only using gin and tonic water, and garnishing with citrus. So good quality is a must. For the gin, I used Bombay Sapphire which is one of the gins I almost always have on hand.

For the tonic, I went with Fevertree Elderflower Tonic. Fevertree is a brand that I had a lot of in England, and was very excited to see it stateside. The elderflower tonic is smoother than their plain tonic. There is no quinine bite, and it is a touch sweeter than their regular tonic water. Going forward, I’ll stick with the regular Fevertree tonic. I will say if you or someone you know is not a gin & tonic fan, I would mix them one with the elderflower tonic to show them how good they can be.

The last ingredient is the citrus garnish. I used to exclusively put lime in my gin & tonics, however the trip to the UK showed what I’ve been missing. A slice of lemon, orange, or even grapefruit are all delicious when added to the drink.

Baker warns, and I concur, that this “a medicine, and not primarily a stimulant only”. Abuse of this medicine can lead to a morning with “ears ringing unmercifully” and feeling like “Ramses II rechauffe“. So, to avoid feeling like death incarnate the next day, stick with 2-4 doses per sitting.

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Sharkbait has not actually been bitten by a shark, but has told people in bars that he was for free drinks. Lives in Boston, married to a Giants fan, he enjoys whisk(e)y, cooking, the Rangers, and the Patriots.
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Look, all I know is that I’ve been drinking G&Ts for decades (sigh), and I haven’t caught malaria yet. You folks can take your chances if you like.


Also the Spaniards throw a ton of shit into their G&Ts. Fruit, peppercorns, leaves of sorts.


Too many G&Ts makes me irrationally angry. Good times.

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem

Gin: Throw Some Herbs In the Rubbing Alcohol, It’ll Be Fine.

Game Time Decision

…but honey, the doctor said i can have 4 of these*
//not really


I must really reconsider gin. I’ve avoided it, but I’m thinking I’ve been wrong for a while.


It makes a man mean.

King Hippo

aren’t we all at peace/comfortable with our assholeness? 😀