What and when is International Gin and Tonic Day

When is International Gin and Tonic Day?
International Gin and Tonic Day is celebrated on 19 October each year.

We'll be celebrating with a large G&T. We hope you'll take the opportunity to try something new for the occasion.

May we suggest our Gin and Tonic Taster Set - with six different, award-winning gins, six Fever-Tree mixers and six garnishes plus a tasting guide - it's perfect for a G&T tasting session at home.

When you buy a large bottle from York Gin's range, you can add a box of Fever-Tree tonic cans - so all you have to do is to provide the ice when it arrives for the perfect G&T. Shop for York Gin

The History of International Gin and Tonic Day

What is Gin and Tonic Day?
The day 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 photographs 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.

We will be drinking one of the best gins in the world for a G&T - complex, smooth and rounded York Gin London Dry with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light tonic and lots of ice with a lemon peel garnish. 

Here's some advice on Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic

And here's a Guide to Garnishes

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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