Every year on October 19, gin lovers worldwide raise their glasses to honour the timeless combination of gin and tonic. This global celebration has been taking place annually since 2012 and is often marked by various events, promotions, and celebrations in bars, restaurants, and among gin enthusiasts.

The day presents a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends and to enjoy one of the most delicious, popular, and historic drinks, and to celebrate the gin distillers and tonic producers around the world.

International Gin & Tonic Day is significant for Gin enthusiasts as it holds rich cultural heritage, celebrates the art of mixology, encourages people to gather, socialize and share while serving as a reminder of the universal appeal of this cocktail and its ability to bring people of various backgrounds together.

The origins of the gin and tonic date back to the 17th century when British sailors stationed in India combined quinine with their gin to help prevent malaria. Over time, the bitter taste of quinine was balanced with the addition of sugar and carbonated water, creating the refreshing and classic cocktail we know today.

Gilbeys has been a favorite among gin enthusiasts for over 165 years. Its unique blend of botanicals and smooth finish make it an ideal choice for crafting the perfect gin and tonic.

“Our consumers love for Gin and Tonic has enabled us to retain and ensure consistency of the liquid over the years. Gilbeys is the most mixable gin and gives an opportunity to our consumers to experiment with whatever flavor of mixers whether sweet, sour, or spicy. As we celebrate International Gin and Tonic day today, I urge our consumers to enjoy Gilbeys however they wish to enjoy responsibly and with friends”  Zipporah Ndung’u, Gilbeys Brand Manager.

In recent years, gin has become increasingly popular at social gatherings and special events, particularly in Kenya. Gilbeys has played a significant role in transforming the way Kenyans enjoy their gin.

To create the ultimate gin and tonic using Gilbeys, follow these simple steps:

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Pour 50ml of Gilbeys Gin over the ice.
  • Top up the glass with 150ml of tonic water.
  • Gently stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime or other citrus fruit.
  • Feel free to experiment with different garnishes and flavored tonics to create your own unique twist on the classic gin and tonic.