In a word; no. Alcohol doesn’t freeze therefore gin, with an ABV of 37.5% or above, will never freeze in a month of Sundays. This is great news for Ahhhh gin and tonic; one of the widest accepted double acts in the world. It’s right up there with fish and chips, bread and butter, cheese and jam. Okay, the last one might just be me but you get the idea.

So who was the bright spark who first thought “hmm, I wonder if water with quinine in will go well with my juniper flavoured beverage?” Nobody knows to be honest but, as it wasn’t considered anywhere as remotely as important as a Eureka! moment, nobody bothered to make a note of his name.

The origins of gin and tonic are said to come from India. During the Raj the British soldiers had to ingest quinine to protect them against malaria. Somebody mixed in with water and sugar to make it more palatable so they could keep it down and voila! tonic water was invented. This wasn’t tonic water as we know it today as carbonation came yonks later. Fizz aside, the taste was similar albeit quinine heavy for obvious reasons. There wasn’t much for soldiers to do when off duty so they drank; a lot. Gin was the drink of choice and somewhere down the line it got added to the quinine water and was declared a hit.

As years went by better anti-malarial drugs were developed but gin and tonic remained a drink of choice and, like all good things, spread across the globe. So unlike many of your other cocktails which were actually invented by mixologists looking for new and exciting drinks, gin and tonic came about as a result of soldiers trying to get their daily dose of vile tasting medicine without throwing it back up.