19 October

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It's International Gin and Tonic Day

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Founded in 2010 (according to Wikipedia) and celebrated annually worldwide on the 19th October, International Gin & Tonic Day is just as it sounds – an excuse to drink G&Ts. If you need an excuse?

Why the 19th October? Beats us. We are not aware of any significant event on this date relating to the drink that dictates such an "International Day", but it is certainly a drink worthy of such notoriety. At least it is when you consider "Cherries Jubilee Day" and "Punctuation Day" are both celebrated on September 24th.

Amongst mixed beverages, the G&T must be considered royalty - it's British after all! Its origins date back to the 1600s when quinine, which gives tonic its distinctive bitterness, was first used to help ward off malaria, with the first quinine tonics marketed in the 1850s. Schweppes launched his London made Indian Tonic Water in the 1870s, the name referencing the popularity of tonic water with British expats in the Raj. This also being where it is accepted the G&T was first mixed and grew in popularity during the second half of the nineteenth century.

So we'd of course urge you to mark the day with a G&T, but we also suggest you try a Gin-ger & Tonic, a Pink Gin & Tonic, a G & Tea, and finish with a Tonic Boom.

Today was Black Monday

On Black Monday, 19 October 1987, when the world's stock markets crashed, the Dow Jones dropped by what is still the greatest percentage loss of all time - more than 22 per cent.

Weirdly, even today nobody still understands what happened. In any case, by the end of the month, the Hong Kong stock market had almost halved in value, Australia was down over 40% and British stocks were worth less than three-quarters what they had been just two weeks earlier.

In case this memory is too much, we suggest a Black Rose, a soft, Sazerac-style cocktail that should take the edge off most financial anxieties.

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