I say I is for IRIS
from Iris to Gin and Tonic, I know it's a long way !
From the flower IRIS to Orris root (rhizome)
Orris root is the root of some species of iris, grown principally in southern Europe: Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida. Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, as well as an ingredient in many brands of gin. Orris root must generally be hung and aged for 5 years before it can be used for perfumery. This substance is left out of products that are labeled hypo-allergenic. Wikipedia
From Orris root to GIN a botanical ‘Tonic’
Bombay Sapphire Gin – Vapour infused with 10 botanical ingredients. Distilled from 100% grain neutral spirit from a 1761 recipe, with 10 carefully selected botanical ingredients, including almonds, angelica, lemon peel, coriander, liquorice, cassia bark, juniper, cubeb berries, orris ( here comes my I for IRIS) and grains of paradise.
From GIN to my all time favourite medicine (malaria)
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