1897 Quinine gin launched on World Mosquito Day

Said to be made with cold-distilled quinine and fresh citrus peel, 1897 Quinine gin was launched yesterday (August 20) which was World Mosquito Day.

The brand supports Malaria No More UK by donating more than half of its profit (at least £5 on every bottle sold).

1897 Quinine gin is said to use cinchona bark (the traditional source of quinine) as a key botanical alongside twelve traditional gin botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, nutmeg, cassia, cinnamon, orris and liquorice are distilled in a copper pot still, while pink and white grapefruit and lemon peels are vacuum-distilled (as is the cinchona bark.

Its UK recommended retail price is £39.95. The name comes from Sir Ronald Ross who was a British medical doctor, born and later worked in India. He conducted groundbreaking work on mosquitoes and life cycle of the malarial parasite in 1897/98. He got the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for ‘his work on malaria, by which he has shown how it enters the organism’, making him the first Englishman to become a Nobel laureate.

Malaria is one of the world’s biggest preventable killers and a major cause of poverty in Africa. £5 is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa - protecting children in particular, while they sleep.