Ginning up to Fight Malaria

Why did gin and tonic make the list of 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health (by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)?
It stems from the 18th century use of quinine powder—made from the bark of the cinchona tree—as an anti-malarial. To ease the awful taste, British officers in India and other tropical areas mixed it with soda and sugar, creating tonic water—which they then mixed with gin.
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