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And why not? The Tectonic birth

George Restrepo

Although Gin & Tonic marriage has a lot of fans, this is not a saint union…so it is easily breakable. And despite I am a Gin & Tonic lover; I have also had my temptations and have mixed tonic with other spirits having as a result great proposals.

But first, let’s see the beginning of this relation that for decades has been an example of a perfect mix: to the point we refer to it as one drink, being able to omit the “&” to Gintonic.

As History tells, the tonic was created by Schweppes Company in England, around late 18th century as a drink with medicinal properties with a big percentage of quinine. This product in high dose helped to fight against malaria that the English soldiers were suffering. The drink, that was more bitter than today, was lowered with Gin by the soldiers to make it more pleasant. And gin was a spirit already known in that country because its distillation was popularized within England and its colonies. An idyllic relationship was born with invading soldiers as backdrop and History years later was responsible for perpetuating the perfect combination. Even when both products are in fact independent and could subsist perfectly one without the other.

So here is where I say to myself: why not? When creating new recipes, a lot of times we miss what in fact is in front of us. When with a little variation of the rules, we can get amazing results. A new born idea came to me with the name Tectonic: Tequila with Tonic. Then I thought I could make it more interesting and maybe more exotic by adding a dash of Jamaican water subtly sweetened with agave syrup.

The Jamaican, very wellknown in Mexico and used as an infusion, is dry, mildly bitter and deep red.

I liked the mixture and so did some of my colleagues and customers. So, if no one is against, to me the Tectonic is born. Tequila + Tonic + Jamaican water dash. Why not?!

 

Photograph and text: George Restrepo
Original article published in Bar Business Magazine (in Spanish).

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