NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR: International Gin and Tonic Day

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The British Empire spanned the globe in the mid 1800s and one of its most valuable colonies was India.

Though England was able to conquer much of the world with its powerful army and navy, one thing its military couldn’t fight was malaria. This disease had long been eradicated in Europe, but in India’s tropical climate, malaria was still a problem. The locals used quinine powder to prevent the disease, but the Brits stationed here did not want to take it.

That is until someone mixed it with soda water and sugar creating what became known as tonic water. When they added gin, a British favorite, the famous cocktail was born.

On International Gin and Tonic Day, enjoy a classic drink that’s still as smooth as British ingenuity.

Today we also celebrate: Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, National Seafood Bisque Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, National LGBT Center Awareness Day, and National Kentucky Day.

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