Ingredients: London Dry gin, tonic water, lime wedge
Backstory: It might seem hard to write the history of a drink in which every ingredient is in the name. Seems self-evident, no? Still, some genius was the first to combine the two—in this case, the clever gents in the army of the British East India Company. It wasn’t just a tasty way to get their jollies off while bored. With malaria present in 1800s India, the soldiers had taken to mixing the bitter cure-all quinine with water, sugar, lime, and, yes, gin.
Why it’s a classic: “It's the perfect, go-to warm weather drink. The lovely botanicals of a well-made gin combined with a good quinine and a healthy squeeze of a lime wedge is just what the doctor prescribed.”—Laboy
Gin (amount to preference) Tonic water (amount to preference)