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Author Walker, Kim (Researcher), author.

Title Just the tonic : a natural history of tonic water / Kim Walker & Mark Nesbitt.

Publication Info. Kew : Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, 2019.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  641.26 WAL    AVAILABLE
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Description 144 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Tonic water elicits images of sparkling drinks and stirred concoctions, but it has a history that reaches beyond the bar. Its roots go back centuries, starting with the Andes and the cinchona tree, and it had its start as a natural medicine instead of as a tasty mixer. Quinine, tonic water's signature ingredient, was once used to treat Malaria and is still used by some to soothe leg cramps. From the Quechua people and Spanish colonists, to French chemists and British officers, the journey from botanical discovery to cocktail staple is a fascinating story. This history of tonic water was written by leading experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew--which is home to one of the largest collections in the world of historic cinchona. It takes us through the discovery and development of quinine and its eventual meeting with sparkling water. It also introduces us to the basic botany and development of the cinchona tree. The authors look at the changing role of the gin and tonic, tracing the rise and fall, and rise again, of cocktails straight from officers' messes of British India, the art deco cocktail bars of the 1920s, through to the Mad Men era and the recent resurgence of gin as a drink of choice. A final chapter on cocktail recipes provides instructions on how to make alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks using an array of different tonics and spirits.
Subject Tonics (Medicinal preparations) -- History.
Quinine -- History.
Cinchona -- History.
Carbonated beverages -- History.
Cocktails -- History.
Beverages -- History.
Genre Informational works.
Added Author Nesbitt, Mark, 1961- author.
ISBN 9781842466896 hardcover
1842466895 hardcover
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