Cheers to all those gin and tonic lovers out there! Did you know that Saturday 19th October is International Gin & Tonic Day? Nope, well now you do – and what better way to celebrate than in true Monte style at Montecasino, the home of some of the most decadent and flavourful gin and tonics in Jozi.

From the fragrant scent of lavender to the berrylicious flavours of raspberries and blueberries, bespoke creations of G&Ts await at a multitude of destinations throughout Gauteng’s premier destination.

Wikipedia attributes the creation of the G&T to the army in the British East India Company in India. Malaria was a persistent problem at the time and in the 1700’s Scottish doctor George Cleghorn studied how quinine, a traditional cure for malaria, could be used to prevent the disease.

The quinine was drunk in tonic water, however the bitter taste was unpleasant. 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. Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction made sense. Since it is no longer used as an antimalarial, tonic water today contains much less quinine, is usually sweetened, and is consequently much less bitter.

Portugalo will be partnering with Gordon’s Gin on Saturday 19 October to celebrate International G&T Day. Come and enjoy a ‘Buy 1, get 1 Free’ special on any of Portugalo’s G&T cocktails from the cocktail menu. Offer valid from 11am to 6pm.

Find out more, HERE…

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