International Gin & Tonic Day. It’s time to celebrate our favourite beverage this Spring.

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International Gin and Tonic Day
📷 Toni C

Most commonly known as “G&T” – the classic highball cocktail made with gin and tonic poured over a large amount of ice and usually garnished with a slice of lime (lemon or cucumber).

The cocktail was introduced by the army of the British East India Company in India. Rumour has it, the British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime, and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable, thus gin and tonic was born.

While there are some references in popular culture, gin and tonics are considered to be classic cocktails. To celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day, Tuesday 19th October, here are a couple tasty cocktails and drinks to celebrate the day (or the weekend haha).

PersonallyPicked has the perfect gift for your friends, colleagues and family, with over 160 incredible gift options, from fabulous to fun! So why not send your Gin loving friends a G&T gift box by selecting from their range of gifts perfect for gin fans including: 23rd Street Distillery Signature Gin & Tonic Cans, 23rd Street Distillery Signature Gin, Thirty Six Short Blood Orange Gin, Thirty Six Short Original Gin, Strange Love Light Tonic Waters and a Gin Cocktail Book. You can find an example of a curated gin & tonic gift box from PersonallyPicked attached.

Scapegrace Black Gin – Aronia Berry, Saffron, Pineapple, Butterfly Pea and Sweet Potato. Blended in set amounts at precise temperatures in a defined sequence, to create something made of nothing. This is the taste of black. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

The Botanist Islay Gin – a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our Isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. The result is a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with an outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

Archie Rose Distilling Co Signature Dry Gin – A contemporary Australian take on a classic dry gin, carefully distilled in copper vacuum stills. Native sunrise lime, Geraldton waxflower and hand foraged Dorrigo pepper leaf unite the east and west coasts to deliver a quintessentially Australian dry gin. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

Citadelle Original Gin – From the Château de Bonbonnet estate in Cognac, France, this new gin balances 19 different botanicals with the juniper berries using the progressive fusion method that they didn’t only invent but also patented. Individually infusing the botanicals for different lengths of time the result is a fresh, floral gin with pepper and spice and an elegant, highly refined finish you might expect from the home of Cognac. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic – The perfect mix of Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic, now in a 250ml can. Best enjoyed chilled straight from the can or poured over a glass of ice with a slice of lime. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

Archie Rose Gin & Tonic with Lemon & Pepperberry – Meet Australia’s most distinctive Gin & Tonic cans in 200ml size. The balance and complexity of Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin join native pepper berry and the tang of lemon in a G&T that’s full flavoured and 100% Archie Rose. Available from your local BWS, Dan Murphy’s, First Choice Liquor, and selected liquor stores.

Try out these Gin & Tonic cocktail recipes.

The Botanist G&T
30ml The Botanist Gin
Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Rosemary & Grapefruit
• Build glass with ice
• Add gin and top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water
• Garnish with rosemary and grapefruit slice

Two Island Gin & Tonic
45ml The Botanist Gin
15ml Yuzu Sake
Sea Salt
Mint
• Build glass with ice
• Pinch of salt and add gin
• Top with Indian Tonic water
• Garnish with mintsprig

Scapegrace Signature Serve
50ml Scapegrace Classic
150ml Premium Tonic Water
• Build glass with ice
• Add gin and top with tonic water
• Garnish with a slice of orange

Citadelle Gin Riviera
50ml Citadelle Gin
150ml Schweppes Heritage Pink Pepper Tonic Water
Orange peel
Cinnamon stick
• Build glass with ice
• Add gin and top with tonic water
• Garnish with an orange peel and cinnamon stick

Citadelle Gin Granny Smith
50ml Citadelle Gin
150ml Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Granny Smith apple (or green apple)
• Build glass with ice
• Add gin and top with tonic water
• Garnish with apple slice

So, cheers big ears! It’s time to celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day!