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Gin and tonic, as in india to prevent malaria and disinfect the water.And it wasn't intended to provide potable water; it was intended to provide an alcoholic beverage which was robust enough to survive the trip without going off.Whisky is much more robust and easier to transport. But not very thirstquenching. And "fresh" (by Victorian standards) water in barrels tends to accumulate all sorts of nasties over a few weeks. I rather think the alcohol in IPA is just a happy consequence of the cheapest method of maintaining potability.