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International Gin & Tonic Day: Celebrate With Tasty Cocktail

Originally Posted: April 06, 2012

The classic gin and tonic cocktail was introduced to the world in the 18th century by the army of the British East India Company in India

Southampton - Celebrate that most zesty of botanicals in Hendrick's Gin, the lemon peel, on the occasion of the little-known International Gin and Tonic Day (occurring on April 9 each year).

The classic gin and tonic cocktail was introduced to the world in the 18th century by the army of the British East India Company in India, almost by accident, as they added gin to their daily intake of quinine-based tonic water to make the elixir more palatable. Tonic water was taken at this time as preventative for the dreaded malaria. And so the humble gin and tonic was created.

To mark International Gin and Tonic Day and celebrate the beginnings of the most quintessentially British cocktail, Hendrick's has created a gin and tonic with an unusual twist that pays homage to its modest beginnings. Inspired by a 'lassi', a traditional yoghurt-based drink of the Indian subcontinent, the use of sweet Falernum liqueur and coconut water in this cocktail highlights one of the eleven botanicals found in Hendrick's Gin the zesty fresh taste of lemon peel. The sweetness of these two ingredients act as a contrast to the sharpness of the lemon, bringing its flavour to the fore.

A Most Unusual Gin Ad Tonic

 • 50ml Hendrick's Gin
 • 12.5ml freshly squeezed lime juice
 • 12.5ml freshly squeezed lemon
 • 50ml coconut water
 • 15ml Falernum liqueur
 • Tonic water to taste (up to 30ml)

Build all ingredients in a highball glass over cracked ice. Stir to chill and mix the tipple. Garnish with a both a cucumber and lemon wheel and a sprig of fresh mint.

About Hendrick's Gin
Hendrick's is the most unusual Gin that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced, thanks to its delightfully unique flavour, which combines a distinct blend of 11 botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of Cucumber and Rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma. Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches by William Grant & Sons, Hendrick's uses a marriage of spirits from a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, a combination produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavours. In the 10 years since Hendrick's was first introduced to America, it has gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double gold medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition; 'Gin of the Year' at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards; voted 'World's Best Gin' by the Wall Street Journal and named "Distiller of the Year" at the 2010 Wine Enthusiast Awards. Hendrick's Gin has an ABV of 44 percent and an RRP of $32.99.

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich, The Balvenie range of handcrafted single malts and the world's fourth largest blended Scotch Grant's as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and the award-winning Milagro Tequila.

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