Gin and tonics have been a much-loved British drink for the longest time. As a staple among the list of amazing gin-based beverages out there, gin and tonics have a high bitterness, but the cocktail dies down with fresh lime and sugar to make it palatable for most people. Whether you enjoy it at a bar or make it at home, gin and tonics surely deserve their day to be celebrated. That’s how International Gin and Tonic Day was born. Come this 19th October, let’s join us to celebrate Intl Gin and Tonic Day with a little knowledge and an easy-to-follow guide to build your own cocktail at home.

History of Intl Gin and Tonic Day

The idea of building the cocktail began during the reign of the British East India Company in India during the 1700s. At that time, malaria had been spread throughout India and became a real health problem. A Scottish doctor named George Cleghorn found that quinine, a flavoring component in tonic water, could be used to treat malaria. The taste of the drink, on the other hand, was not well received.

Hence, British officers in India in the early 1800s began mixing tonic water with water, sugar, lime, and gin, and thus a gin and tonic drink was born. Tonic water has less quinine and is sweeter, but it is not utilized as an antimalarial medication. As for the gin element of the cocktail, gin is produced explicitly with juniper berries and was sold in 17th century Holland as a remedy for medical conditions such as gout, gallstones, and stomach troubles.

From there, the gin and tonic combination became a popularized British drink, and it even made it into popular culture. One of the most well-known references to this drink may be found in the James Bond film called “Dr. No. In Jamaica”, Bond mentions one of these beverages, a recipe that calls for squeezing an entire lime into the drink, making it tangy and refreshing. While there are also other references in popular culture, gin and tonics are considered to be classic cocktails. 

Intl Gin and Tonic Day was founded in honor of a gin lover named Mary Edith Keyburn, who passed away aged 95 on October 19, 2010, with a G&T in a teacup by her bedside in hospital in the USA. Thus, the Intl Gin and Tonic Day was formed back in 2011 to celebrate the history of this new beverage.

Intl Gin and Tonic day is a perfect time for gin-lovers to enjoy their favorite drinks in the time-honored tradition. It is an opportunity for them to travel back in time, and savor the once-medicinal flavors of the beverage, and enjoy all of the modern twists as well. For example, one of the all-time favorites, sloe gin, is created by soaking the blackthorn tree's fruits in sugar water for several months. Harvesters collect the sloes from the trees after the first frost of the season, generally in October or November, and immerse them in spirits. They then let them soak for months, infusing the remainder of the gin with their taste.

How to celebrate Intl Gin and Tonic Day

Build the classic gin and tonic cocktails on Intl Gin and Tonic Day

If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate this October 16th, then why not follow this James Bond's gin and tonic recipe, the one that he ordered on the balcony overlooking Kingston Harbor. Put the two ingredients together in a glass, and you can taste one of the best cocktail pairings ever. At the same time, do not miss your chance to raise your glass to the knowledge that Gin & Tonics are, essentially, medicine.

Ingredients: 

  • Some small ice cubes
  • 2 ½ fluid oz gin (Tanqueray gin or Bom Bay Sapphire gin - for the crystal clear appearance)
  • 4 fluid oz of tonic water
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  • a thin lime wedge, for garnish

Instructions: 

  1. Place some small ice cubes in a narrow, tall cocktail glass. 
  2. Pour all the gin, tonic water, and fresh lime juice over the ice. 
  3. Stir the cocktail glass (gently) with a long-necked spoon. 
  4. Garnish to the top of the drink with a thin lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Try different gin and tonic cocktails to level up your experience this Intl Gin and Tonic Day

There is endless room for experimenting with those two basic ingredients. With a wide variety of gins and tonics on the market, a decent G&T is a perfect mix-and-match exercise to find the combination that best suits your tastes. For instance, London dry gins are characterized by their special juniper-forward flavor profile while modern-style gins often scale down the juniper and ramp up the citrus and florals. 

On the other hand, some tonics are quite dry and straightforward, with notes of bitter quinine while others are syrupy and sweet. And in between, you’ll find tonics made with anything from citrus and aromatics to herbs and spices. Then, of course, there’s the garnish part. Many people insist on a lime. Others go for lemon, while some opt for a pomegranate. Let’s find out some popular modern gin and tonic cocktails to raise your glass this Intl Gin and Tonic Day!

Raspberry gin and tonic

Let’s break out your cocktail shaker and whip up a more eye-catching fruity version - Raspberry gin and tonic. With our easy-to-follow raspberry gin recipe, you can give your standard G&T a modern twist. Just bottle the flavor of these delicious and fresh berries with our straightforward infusion, next, add a splash to your favorite G&T mix for an extra-special homemade drink. Just with a few steps, it’s never been easier to learn how to make flavored gin and tonic cocktails and explore your favorite flavor combinations.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries, (optional) a few more, for garnish
  • 2 oz gin 
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice, plus 1 thin slice of lime, for garnish
  • 4 oz tonic water

Instructions: 

  1. Add the gin, some fresh raspberries, and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with small ice cubes and shake the container well to blend. 
  2. Strain the drink over a glass, add the tonic water on top and stir it slowly. 
  3. Add some whole fresh raspberries and a thin lime slice to garnish.

Gin Sonic cocktail

If you're not so into the classic Gin & Tonic, then this simple twist is the perfect riff to reintroduce you to the drink. It's a popular style among bartenders throughout the world, particularly in many Southeast Asian countries and the United States, and for good reason: the gin is served with a complimentary split of soda and tonic water, resulting in a dry, balanced, and effervescent cocktail that fully displays the gin's botanicals. If you don't have access to artisan tonic waters and want to use a good gin, the Gin Sonic is a good option.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 2 1/4 oz club soda
  • 2 1/4 oz tonic water
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Instructions: 

  1. Fill a highball cocktail glass with ice, then add the gin, club soda, and tonic water in order.
  2. Garnish your drink with a lemon twist.

Pink Gin and Tonic cocktail

This Pink Gin & Tonic, named for its parent cocktail, which is the Pink Gin that calls for a few dashes of Angostura bitters added to gin, opt for plain tonic water and a small amount of the deep red Angostura aromatic bitters to give it a dark pink hue and somewhat amplify the bitterness of the drink.  This cocktail recipe also includes a splash of lime juice for acidity and freshness, which adds a stunning visual and tempting appeal to your palate.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 ½ Tonic water, to top

Instructions: 

  1. Add the gin, bitters, and lime juice to a tall glass filled with ice.
  2. Top the drink with tonic water and stir the glass briefly.

M gin and tonic cocktail

This modern gin and tonic cocktail exemplifies how far the Gin & Tonic can travel from its traditional template while still maintaining balanced flavors. It starts with barrel-aged gin, then adds sweet vermouth and Hendrick's gin, which is floral and menthol-driven, before finishing with tonic water. It's topped with a cinnamon stick, star anise pods, dehydrated lemon wheels, and an orange peel that definitely takes your Intl Gin and Tonic Day to a new level.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Hendrick’s gin
  • 1/2 oz Fernet-Branca liqueur
  • 1/2 oz vermouth
  • 2 oz tonic water
  • Garnish: two dehydrated lemon wheels, a cinnamon stick, and 4 star anise pods

Instructions: 

  1. Fill a cocktail glass halfway with cracked ice.
  2. Add the gin, liquor, and vermouth, then top with tonic water.
  3. Garnish your cocktail with lemon wheels, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.
  4. Gently express the oil from an orange peel over the top.

Garden Gin and Tonic cocktails

The Garden Gin & Tonic cocktail uses gin and dry vermouth, along with some dashes of orange bitters and a bouquet of fruity garnishes like strawberry, grapefruit, and lemon wheels, or cucumber slices, and a lavender sprig, all served in a goblet. This stunning variation is inspired by the garnish-heavy Spanish-style Gin & Tonic, which is surely a great option to try this Intl Gin and tonic day.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz vermouth
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • ½ oz Tonic water
  • Garnish: strawberry, grapefruit wheel, lemon wheel, lavender sprig, and cucumber slices

Instructions

  1. Add all liquid ingredients except the tonic water to a goblet or wine glass and fill it with fresh ice.
  2. Top with tonic water and decorate the drink with these above garnishes.

Tandequay T&T gin and tonic cocktail

The Cucumber Lemon T&T is a much-loved Tanqueray gin and tonic with fresh lemon juice and a cucumber strip added on top. You never go wrong with a  basic Gin and Tonic base, and the lemon and cucumber offer something extra refreshing, flavorful, and also perfume to this version. It's a great drinking option for mixing up at home and drinking outside on a chilling day. Follow our recipe below to make one for yourself. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tanqueray London Dry
  • Tonic water to top
  • Lemon wedge
  • A thin cucumber ribbon and lemon wheel

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail glass or red-wine glass, add all the above ingredients. 
  2. Next, squeeze a lemon wedge into the glass and add some ice. 
  3. Garnish with a thinly sliced cucumber ribbon and a lemon wheel to finish.

Become a gin expert

If you’re more of a normal gin lover, you might be interested in learning to become a gin critic. Your taste senses will be refined to the point that you will be able to distinguish between different brands and vintages. Once you've completed your apprenticeship, you'll be able to share your skills with everyone you know. 

Here at Drinkies,ph, you’ll stand a chance to elevate your tasting experience with a wide variety of gin available in our store. All of our items are of great quality, fully duty-paid, and of course, offer you different tasting notes to challenge your palate. Especially, come this October 19th, don’t miss out on your chance to get P100 off on all gin for every minimum purchase of P1500 (using the code GIN100). 

Furthermore, instead of flocking to the street, all you need to do is to stay at home, add your desired gin bottles to your cart, and let Drinkies do the rest. Just within 60 minutes, your gin and tonic day party is ready to kick off. Hesitate no more, it’s time to place your order and celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day.

Final words

Celebrate Intl Gin and Tonic Day on Thursday, April 9 with a bevy of amazing cocktails from your favorite gin. Prepare to enjoy a gin and tonic combination in advance with these creative cocktail recipes that add a twist to this classic drink. The best part? You can make them right at your cozy home with the help of Drinkies.ph. Just use the GIN100 code and get ready to pay homage to this iconic dual!