TIL gin and tonic was invented to make antimalarials more palatable

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  1. ahhhhh yep. That is a fact. The quinine in gin is bark from a tree that treats malaria, like willow bark treats headaches (used in aspirin). And Juniper Berry from cinchona acts in the same way as quinine and was often grown in the same area. Pretty bloody handy for The East India Trading Company, once the most powerful company in the world.

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