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I'm reading a bunch of books on malaria and quinine to try to track down the true origins of the Gin & Tonic. The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah is the most modern book I have that tackles the issue of malaria. The first chapter deals with how the parasite lives between the mosquito and humans and how it evolved over the years. The second chapter reveals the spread of the disease to the New World, in part assisted by the slave trade. In the next, the author looks at the ecology (mosquito... Read more →

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The first part of the book The Malaria Capers: Tales of Parasites and People by Robert S. Desowitz isn't about malaria at all but a similar disease kala azar. As my interest is in malaria (actually, quinine that treats malaria and ends up in tonic water), I skipped that whole first section. In the first chapter of that section the author tells the tale of a woman dying in a small village near Burma. The next tells of the study of malaria in monkeys versus humans in the 1960s. The following talks about the history of the disease (in a... Read more →

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I'm reading a lot of books about malaria while researching quinine and tonic water. So far, none of them have included more than a single sentence about tonic water. That's a little bit frustrating. However, the story of the curse of malaria in world history, the discovery of a natural cure in Peru, the efforts to propagate the tree elsewhere, and then the understanding of the disease and what caused it (which came much later after finding a cure) are fascinating. The tale involves all the major political powers from the 1600s forward and every hot, humid climate on earth.... Read more →

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I'm always looking for cocktail mixers on Amazon.com that I can order to save myself a trip to the store. I like to drink, and I'm lazy. I also have Amazon Prime that gives me free shipping on a ton of stuff in addition to some free streaming movie content online. So I've been keeping an eye out for stuff. Here's what I've found that I know or suspect is quality stuff, with special mention if it's available for free shipping with Amazon Prime. Q Tonic Water [Prime] [link] Tomr's Tonic Syrup [Prime] [link] Jack Ruby Tonic Syrup [link] Bradley's... Read more →

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I'm researching tonic water for a story so I purchased the book Quinine: Malaria and the Quest for a Cure that Changed the World by Fiammetta Rocco. The book was previously published with the title The Miraculous Fever Tree, so don't be a dummy like me and order both. The funny thing about the book is that despite 300+ pages on the history of malaria and quinine, it covers just about everything except tonic water. Or rather, the mention of the creation of Schweppe's and Gin & Tonic are a mere two sentences out of the book. The other way... Read more →

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Bi-coastal bartender Dominic Venegas has put together the drink list for The Winslow in NYC, which opened last night. San Francisco residents will remember Venegas from his stints everywhere from Range to Bacar to Smuggler's Cove. In NYC, he also bartends at NoMad. I don't see the cocktail menu for The Winslow online, so here it is. Note the heavy emphasis on the Gin & Tonic (official drink of 2013!) and the Light Cocktails section. Gin & Tonic A selection of gins to be paired with fruit, spice, botanicals, and the perfect tonic to help showcase their characteristics. Ford’s Gin..................................................................10... Read more →

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Today's post was written by Kevin Liu. We were having an email conversation about filtration- he uses a small-pore coffee filter that removes the bark bits when he makes tonic water and I thought that filter might also be good for removing charcaol after clarifying spirits- and I asked him if he'd share his information with us. Kevin Liu is an editor at ScienceFare.org, a site about cooking with science. Kevin is obsessed with cocktails and science and he's always looking for new geeky ways to get drunk. You should email him at kevin@sciencefare.org. Take it away, Kevin! Up until... Read more →

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In today's blog post for Fine Cooking, I talk about good tonic water. Chances are if you read Alcademics you don't need to be told about it. But here is something you may not know: If you subsribe to Amazon Prime, the service for which you pay for a year's unlimited shipping, you can get these tonic waters at less than retail price. Amazon offers Fever-Tree Tonic Water in a 24-pack for $32.46, with free shipping for Amazon Prime. At retail at Bevmo it's $32.94 for 24, plus tax and recycling. Amazon also has a 24-pack of Q Tonic for... Read more →

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