On October 19, International Gin and Tonic Day celebrates one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Despite its popularity, it is quite easy and, most importantly, quickly prepared. It will take you a few minutes to prepare it. Gin tonic is one of the UK’s most popular cocktails. In other countries, the refreshing drink is also popular.
Mary Edith Caburn’s family and friends founded International Gin and Tonic Day in her honor. Mary died in 2010 on October 19 when she was 95 years old along with a gin and tonic. It was her favorite drink and she asked to be secretly brought to her hospital room by pouring it into a bottle of water.
The drink was created by officers of the presidential armies (Bengal, Madras, Bombay) in India during the reign of the British East India Company. In the Indian subcontinent, malaria was a constant problem for visiting Europeans. Therefore, in the 18th century, George Cleghorn, who worked as a doctor in Scotland, studied quinine as a remedy for malaria. Quinine was taken with tonic, but the bitter taste was still disgusting. So the officers began to add to quinine a mixture consisting of gin, water along with a small amount of sugar, and also lime juice – this is how the gin and tonic was born.
In 2004, it turned out that 12 hours after the use of an antimalarial drug created with officers, the medicinal properties of quinine are significantly reduced. That is, the cocktail was ineffective as a prevention or as a cure for malaria, but thanks to its excellent taste, it still gained immense popularity.
- different variations of the cocktail may include orange or lemon juice instead of lime juice, spice syrup, grenadine or plain tea are also added to the drink;
- the drink appears in a novel by Douglas Adams called “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”;
- James Bond, in a book called “Dr. No”, gives a detailed description of the preparation of gin and tonic.
How to celebrate
Every year, International Gin and Tonic Day hosts a virtual gin and tonic party. Attend such a party and post a photo on your social networks. People from 22 countries took part in previous events. Also on this day, many pubs and bars offer to try gin and tonic in its various variations. Try to make your own James Bond cocktail and treat your friends to it.
When is International Gin and Tonic Day celebrated in 2022?
International Gin and Tonic Day is observed on October 19 each year.