My latest piece of artwork has been inspired by what is fast becoming our nation's favourite tipple!!
'The Gin Game' is part of my new Show Time collection and although a lesser known play, the storyline of this show involved a power struggle between men and women. Gin Rummy the card game is actually central to the story rather than the liquor! I have a personal connection in that I played this game a lot as a child and together with the fact I quite like a gin and T myself, it was the perfect title!
You may recognise a few classics here, with my own twist on the titles! Oh the fun I've had and of course the research involved a little tasting here and there!!!!
Do we ever actually give the tonic much thought! My guest blogger, Nicola R Davies has some very interesting things to say about tonic! Keep reading!!
"We can go to galleries and ancient palaces today and look in wonder at frescos and huge walls of art depicting fleets of ships returning from the American continent or the West Indies laden with treasures, not just treasures such as gold but botanicals and spices, tea and coffee, tobacco, sugar and exotic fruits. Many have interesting stories to tell, particularly the gin and tonic.
Gin now boasts a burgeoning array of beautifully crafted botanicals fighting for attention in bars and shops in shapely bottles with arty labels. But it needs tonic water, a delightfully refreshing diluent that has come a long way since being uncovered as a prevention and cure for malaria.
Native to the slopes of the Andes in Peru is the cinchona trees, evergreen and tall with pinky red blossom and within its bark, an amazing alkaloid called quinine. Spanish colonist were succumbing to the deadly shivering fevers of malaria but noticed that the locals used the bark of the cinchona tree to relieve fevers. It had a nasty, bitter taste but the colonists forced it down and it actually worked. Massive logging took place and great hauls were shipped back to Europe. They tried to hide it from other colonial powers, but to no avail. British colonials in India mixed the quinine water with gin and lemon to make it palatable, and so the gin and tonic was born.
Have a look at the list of ingredients on your bottle of tonic and there it still is, quinine, though it's no longer used as an anti malarial. Choose your gin, tip in the tonic, pop in your lemon (or basil leaf or slice of cucumber – give it a go!), and there you are, drinking the cocktail of today with a centuries old story to tell. Cheers!"
Thank you Nicola!!
'The Gin Game' original is now sold but is available as a limited edition print if you fancy a little gin cabinet on your wall!!