By Ken Owens
On Monday, November 5, 2018 the world’s largest gin & tonic cocktail was mixed at the Apex Social Club inside the Palms Casino Resort.
This fundraising event sponsored by the American Bartender’s Association, in cooperation with their local Las Vegas Chapter, benefitted Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; all for Alzheimer’s disease research. Local Las Vegas media personalities and entertainers were invited to pour a bottle of gin into the large cocktail. In addition, the general public was able to purchase a bottle and pour theirs into the record breaking vat of deliciousness. Over $10,000 was raised for the charity.
A huge thank you goes out to Empress 1908 Gin, who donated more than 400 bottles of gin to make this record breaking cocktail. Fever Tree Tonic donated 150 gallons of their aromatic tonic to make this a truly delicious cocktail.
I got to add my bottle of Empress 1908 Gin and be part of a Guinness World Record event.
The current Guinness World Record for a mixed drink was just set in April of this year in England at 140 gallons. Of course in Las Vegas, we have to do everything bigger and better. Once all the gin, tonic, and 5 gallons of fresh squeezed lime juice was calculated – the new world record was set at a whopping 249 gallons!
On a personal note, this was one of the most fun and worthwhile events that I have covered. My grandmother died having this nasty disease. When you really think about it, this was a strange event for a memory disease organization to sponsor, because at the end, 249 gallons of that cocktail had to be consumed. As a result, it appeared that there were several guests missing a few brain cells as they staggered out of that event!