What and when is International Gin and Tonic Day

Happy International G&T Day!

International Gin and Tonic Day celebrates the world’s most popular cocktail on 19 October each year.

We'll be celebrating with a large one - will you?

G&T Day History

It was founded in honour of gin lover Mary Edith Keyburn, who passed away aged 95 on that date in 2010 with a G&T in a teacup by her bedside in hospital in the USA.

According to her friends who established the day in her memory, Edith was ‘a remarkable woman who loved to have the occasional tipple of gin and tonic’.

Her family smuggled the G&T into hospital in a water bottle and hid it in plain sight in a teacup.

That's the way at least one York Gin director wants to go!

Starting with family and friends, the International Gin and Tonic Day Facebook page was established in 2012. Over the following years, it then spread from the US East Coast to the rest of the world.

What to do on 19 October?

Organisers ask gin and tonic drinkers to post phots of themselves enjoying their G&T and to tell everyone where in the world they are.

The current record stands at participants from 22 countries.

The day has its own Facebook page - so prepare to join in!

And here are five tips to get the most from your G&T

Other national and international gin days

World Gin Day - second Saturday in June

National Gin and Tonic Day (US) - 9 April

International Scottish Gin Day - 24 October

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19th Oct 2020 York Gin

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