The tongue tastes the bitterness in gin and tonic more intensely when it's cold, researchers have found (Source: jonathansloane/iStockphoto)
Evidence Supports A Cold Gin And Tonic -- ABC News (Australia)
Science can finally explain why gin and tonic tastes best when it's served cold.
Sensory scientist Dr Martha Bajec and colleagues from Brock University in Ontario, Canada, report their findings online this month in the journal Chemosensory Perception.
"You want to make sure that your gin and tonic is cold to make sure that it's bitter," says Bajec.
While previous research has suggested temperature can affect people's perception of sweetness, Bajec was surprised to find no one had ever looked at the effect of temperature on bitter tastes.
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My Comment: I guess the same can be said of most drinks .... from beer to putting ice-cubes in any 'hard drink'.