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Gin and tonic kept the British Empire healthy


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Gin and tonic has a storied history that places it at the heart of the largest empire the world has ever known. Indeed, it is not too much of a stretch to say that the gin and tonic was as essential a weapon for the British Empire as the Gatling gun. No less an authority on imperial power than Winston Churchill once declared, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

The drink’s quinine powder was vital for stopping the spread of malaria.

Tonic has healing powers! I'll drink to that!!

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One gin and titanic, please...

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The gin and tonic diet is working great!

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I guess this is why on tonic bottles these days we see "made with real quinine"...

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