Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Just the Tonic : a History of Tonic Water

Just the Tonic : a History of Tonic Water

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'Well-researched and lavishly produced, it looks at how a malaria cure from South America ended up becoming an ingredient in Britain's favourite mixed drink, the gin and tonic' - Spectator

A fun and informative history of tonic water

Just The Tonic explores the history of our favourite mixer including its connections to the major disease malaria, the cure discovered in the bitter bark of the cinchona tree and its constituent alkaloid quinine. 

The book covers the colourful history of the discovery and uses of the Andean tree Cinchona, traditional medicine, the history of hydrotherapy and the changing role of the G&T.  A final chapter features cocktail and  mocktail recipes using tonic water.

Details
  • Authors: Kim Walker and Mark Nesbitt
  • Hardcover: 112 pages | 150 illustrations
  • Date published: October 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1842466896
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2  cm
Reviews

A complete history of tonic water, including a chapter on both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail recipes' - Bookseller

'A delightfully accessible--and richly-illustrated--tome' - Country Life

'Well-researched and lavishly produced, it looks at how a malaria cure from South America ended up becoming an ingredient in Britain's favourite mixed drink, the gin and tonic' - Spectator

'The authors successfully bring together the history of quinine, fizzy water and gin in this entertaining, highly illustrated account'- Daily Mail

'Well-presented and laid out, the writing is engaging. Photographs, posters, prints, and botanical artwork grace almost every page and make this the first authoritative history of tonic water an ideal gift' - The Field


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