International Gin & Tonic Day Sale in Malaysia!
October 19 is an important day in the world of cocktails because it is a day to cherish one of the most famous drinks ever created: Gin & Tonic or G&T.
Officially branded in 2011, International Gin & Tonic Day is a one-day celebration for you to party with your buddies and enjoy a good drink in hand!
Brief history of Gin & Tonic
You might have heard of malaria, but did you know that antimalarial medication – quinine – is a key ingredient of tonic water?
Tonic water was created as a cure for malaria disease which was spread by mosquitoes in regions of Southeast Asia in the 1700s. While we think of tonic water as a drink base for cocktails today, the original tonic water made it easier to treat malaria patients.
This was because doctors could dilute quinine in water, making it easily digestible. Quinine also gave tonic water its signature bitter taste.
In the early 1800s, as society had successfully treated malaria, British soldiers stationed in India sought to make the drink more palatable. They were the first to add gin, lime, and sugar to tonic water. Hence, the first gin & tonic drink was made.
How to celebrate International Gin & Tonic Day
You can’t kickstart a G&T party without a proper glass of gin & tonic, made the classic way. So here is a nice and quick recipe for you to whip up before entertaining the guests, and a few games to keep the party going all night long.
Gin and tonic recipe
The recipe for a classic gin and tonic drink is in its name. Quite literally. With two main ingredients, you can be as creative as you like with this drink and may even find it to be rather forgiving.
Tonic water is a naturally strong drink base that goes well with many different flavors, ranging from fruits and sweet syrups to vegetables and aromatic spices. But if you still prefer the classics, here is a simple recipe for tonic and gin.
What you need:
- 1 ½ shots of gin
- 1shot of lime juice
- 1 shot of sugar syrup
- Tonic water
- Ice cubes
- Lime garnish
- Cocktail glass
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes
- Pour in gin, lime juice, and sugar syrup
- Top it up with tonic water
- Garnish with a slice of lime
- Serve and enjoy
There are many variations of gin and tonic but sweet ingredients such as fruits tend to be more of a crowd pleaser. If you want something unconventional, try making cucumber tonic water and mix that with gin for a healthy drink and a great conversation starter.
Drinking games with gin & tonic
With a drink in hand and a party crowd to spend the evening, elevate your International Gin & Tonic Day celebration to even greater fun times with some drinking games.
Gin and tonic “pong”
Set up a table and gather your friends for a round of “beer pong” but with G&T instead. The rules are simple if you’ve ever played beer pong. Arrange a number of cups in a bowling pin formation on two opposing sides of the table. Then form two teams and take turns bouncing a ping pong ball into the opposing team’s cups. Whenever a ball lands into the opposing team’s cup, that team has to empty the cup before the next toss, and the first team to clear all the cups on the opponent’s side is the winner.
Truth or drink game
A classic game at almost every party/sleepover that you would surely have played once in your lifetime. You can play this with any number of friends who must sit in a circle and ask each other simple questions. The person asked must tell the truth or choose not to answer and take a drink instead.
Great for a laugh and immensely fun to play, buzz is a tricky drinking game if you have the guts for fast-paced action and good mental stamina. The rules are simple. Choose a minimum of three players and sit in a circle with your drinks placed in front. Then each player must count up from one and occasionally replace and say aloud the word “buzz”. This goes on until someone says the wrong word or number, prompting everyone to drink.
The gin tonic cocktail cure
Gin and tonic is known around the world as a refreshing summer cocktail with an astounding purpose as a miraculous cure, cementing its reputation in the history of mankind. As a drink, gin and tonic is an excellent pairing of flavors, which truly deserves to be commemorated and cherished.