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There are a couple days every year that the competitive “spirit” between vodka and gin takes a break out of respect for International Gin & Tonic Day. Yes, the holiday even has a Facebook page, which explains its origin, or at least the one celebrated on October 19. Apparently, Gin & Tonic Day is a biannual tradition which is also celebrated on April 9. Relax vodka drinkers. National Cosmopolitan Day is just over a month away.
The origins of the Gin & Tonic date back to 18th Century India under the British Empire. Malaria was a widespread killer around the world and particularly deadly in tropical regions. A Peruvian botanical remedy was found a century earlier in the powdered bark of the Cinchona and its active ingredient, quinine. Quinine powder became essential for British soldiers in India, and other tropical climates where malaria was prevalent, to treat and prevent malaria. The powder is extremely bitter, which led the British to eventually begin mixing it with water, sugar, and eventually a shot or two of gin. Hence, the Gin & Tonic was born.
In honor of the biannual International Gin & Tonic Day, we have collected several G&T recipes from some of the more popular gins that formulate into the classic cocktail. Even if you’re not suffering from malaria, April (and October) 9th is a day to mix and enjoy a little gin with your tonic and we hope these helpful suggestions will get you started.
A sweet alternative to the B&T. The black currant flavors of the cassis give this version a fruity summery vibe.
Beefeater Dry – 2 parts
Crème de Cassis – 1 part
Fresh Lemon Juice – .5 part
Tonic of preference – 3-4 parts
Garnish – Lemon wheel, fresh berries, mint
Add the gin, cassis and lemon juice to the glass then fill the glass with as much ice as will fit. This is vital to keep the drink as cold as possible and to avoid the ice melting into the drink.
Next top with a tonic and garnish. Use a high quality cassis.
As promoted on the Sipsmith website, The Sipsmith London Dry Gin is “bold, complex and aromatic – smooth enough for a Martini ,yet rich and balanced, perfect for a G&T.”
Perfect Gin & Tonic
Fever Tree Indian Tonic
Lemon Twist or wedge of lime
Fill a thin-rimmed highball glass up to the top with ice cubes
Pour in a double measure (50ml) of Sipsmith London Dry gin
Top off with tonic water to taste
Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime or a lemon twist: make sure all of the pith of the citrus has been removed, and run quickly along the lip of the glass before garnishing, or with a simple wedge of lime
Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic
Hendrick’s Gin – 2 parts
Tonic Water – 3 parts
Fill a high ball glass with good cubed ice. Combine all ingredients and give a gentle stir. Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber.
Build 1.25oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin and Tonic water (to fill) over ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Zesty Citrus G&T
Bulldog Gin – 2 parts
Premium Tonic Water – 5 parts
Garnish – Pink grapefruit and lemon twists
Fill copa glass with ice cubes, add Bulldog Gin and top with premium tonic water. Finish off with a twist of pink grapefruit & lemon.
Garnish with fresh grapefruit and lemon peel to enhance the natural lemon and coriander in Bulldog for an incredibly refreshing, aromatic drink.