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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 36: Royal Endeavours

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 36: Royal Endeavours

 
For those of you who have been living under a rock, or in social media, or news blackout, this weekend was the latest in a line stretching back for a thousand years or more. The Royal Wedding. Of HRH Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle.
 
So it seemed only appropriate to delve a little into some of the secrets of Empire. We'd all probably agree that the British Empire, where the sun allegedly never set, was brought to heel upon bankrupting itself in the prevention of the spread of German as the future language of the World. Well, that and despotic fascism with a side order of genocide.
 
Nonetheless, we'd argue that Britannia still Rules The Waves in many respects. Particularly in the world of the suit wearing brethren and those with an ounce or more of sartorial flair. In no small part due to the evolution of the military attire worn by the Gentlemen and Rogues of the British Empire. Although there may be those who hold opinions that the Italians are in with a fighting chance in this argument, we would note that as far as we know everyone who isn't Italian makes their cloth in England...
 
So, with no further ado, read from the bottom up, mix yourself that cocktail, and let's have a read of some things that we should all know.
 
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watch: the man who would be king

 
Rudyard Kipling. Sean Connery. Michael Caine.
 
Peachy and Danny, two scruffy ex-British Army adventurers in India during the Raj, recount their plans to go on campaign and build their own empire to a journalist they meet on a train. Two years pass, before a shell of a man arrives at the journalist's door, to tell the story of their rise and fall in Kafiristan.
 

WATCH

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read: EMPIRE

How Britain Made The Modern World

  
As those of you who read Q+T know well, we're not averse to the odd pirate, scallywag or rapscallion. Perhaps a simple result of DQ being the progeny of an empire built by such buccaneers. Neil Ferguson brilliantly tells the story of the, "Empire Where The Sun Never Set."
 
Alternatively, for those seeking a chuckle, here is a slightly abridged version, courtesy of comic genius, Eddie Izzard:
 
 

READ

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dq shirt club

 

As some of you may have heard, this does not exist. But if you happen to see a chap with a smoking skull gusset who are we to stop you winking in recognition as you offer to buy him a drink?

 

JOIN

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cocktail: pink gin

 

Pink Gin. Yet further proof (no pun intended), if ever more were needed, that pink is as masculine as black. Invented by the British Royal Navy and sometimes referred to as, "Pinkers" this is the stuff that legendary battles were made of. A simple concoction created thanks to the invention in 1824 of a tonic of bitters by one Dr Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, surgeon general of Simòne Bolivar's Venezuelan army. Taking their name from the location of their creation, "Angostura", they were introduced at the International Exhibition in London in 1862. Whereupon some say the first non-seafaring Pink Gin was mixed.
 
As such a simple mix, Pink Gin had evolved and by the early 1900s, and became a ubiquitous British cocktail. When the Empire waned, Pink Gin became a symbol of a bygone era, and lost popularity. But every good barkeep should know how to mix up this wonderful infusion of spicy, aromatic, and toe curling.
 
Ingredients
Serving: 1
1 part navy strength gin, preferably Plymouth Gin Navy Strength
Angostura bitters to taste
Garnish: lemon twist
Directions
Stir the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with the lemon twist.
 
Pink Gin "On the Rocks":
1 part Plymouth Gin Navy Strength
1 part water
Angostura Bitters to taste
Garnish: lemon twist
 
Pour the Plymouth Gin Navy Strength and water into a lowball glass over cubed or hand-cut ice. Add the bitters and garnish with the lemon twist.
 
Pink Gin & Soda:
1 part Plymouth Gin Navy Strength
3 parts soda water
Angostura Bitters to taste
Garnish: 1 lemon twist or 1 orange twist
 
Pour the Plymouth Gin Navy Strength and water into a large lowball or highball glass over cubed or hand-cut ice. Add the bitters and garnish with the lemon twist or orange twist.
 



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