International Gin and Tonic Day - October 19


On October 19th, International Gin and Tonic Day recognizes of the world’s most famous drinks. Enjoyed the world over, this simple cocktail takes only moments to create.

The gin and tonic is an uncomplicated cocktail. It’s especially popular in Great Britain. The drink was founded in India when the British East India Company reigned the country. The Scottish doctor, George Cleghorn, used quinine to treat malaria in India. Quinine is a flavor component of tonic water. The quinine had a bitter taste. Eventually, sugar, lime, and gin were added to the quinine to make it taste better.

“Personally, I believe a rocking hammock, a good cigar, and a tall tin and tonic is the way to save the planet.” P.J. O’Rourke

Tonic water today is made with much less quinine. It is no longer used to treat malaria. The drink is one of the most popular British cocktails. Many throughout the world also love the refreshing drink.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalGinAndTonicDay

Every year a virtual gin and tonic party is held on International Gin and Tonic Day. Virtual partygoers are encouraged to post a photo of their gin and tonic. In past years, gin and tonic fans from 22 countries participated in the virtual event. Also, on this day, bars, pubs, and liquor establishments across the globe offer drink specials on gin and tonics.

“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishman’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.” Winston Churchill

To participate in International Gin and Tonic Day, serve up one of these delicious drinks for yourself. Make gin and tonics for all your family and friends. Have your own gin and tonic party. If you’re not sure how to make one, here’s a good recipe to try:

4 ice cubes
2 ounces of gin
4 ounces tonic water
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge

Place ice cubes in a glass. Pour gin, tonic water, and lime juice over the ice. Stir well. Garnish with the lime wedge and serve.

After making your own gin and tonic, post a picture to social media. Share your post by using #InternationalGinAndTonicDay or #InternationalGTDay


In 2010, family and friends of Mary Edith Keyburn founded International Gin and Tonic Day in her honor. She passed away on October 19, 2010, at the age of 95 with a gin and tonic at her side. Mary Edith’s favorite drink had been smuggled into her hospital room in a water bottle and served in a teacup.