Mexican bartenders eye world record with massive gin and tonic pour

Mexican bartenders eye world record with massive gin and tonic pour.VIDEO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY - Hundreds of bartenders came together in Mexico City to beat the world record for the largest number of gin and tonics prepared simultaneously.

According to a count on the night, 300 bartenders from the capital and across Mexico were lined up and synchronized in their preparation of the centuries-old cocktail.

The previous Guinness record reportedly stands at 250 bartenders.

Gin and tonic is made with gin and tonic water poured over ice and traditionally served in a highball cocktail glass, garnished with a slice of lime.

But the event in Mexico City, which was organized by Beefeater, followed the brand's recipe which calls for a highball glass, ice, tonic, a lemon wheel and an orange wheel.

"There is a story that the Queen of England enjoyed a Beefeater gin and tonic. And one day, one of her royal guards was not there nor her bartender that was normally in charge of preparing the recipe. That is why she asked this guard to teach his entire battalion how to prepare the recipe for the perfect Beefeater gin and tonic," said Maria Victoria Lara, brand manager of Beefeater.

According to reports, the gin and tonic cocktail dates back to British-occupied India in the 18th century when it was used to prevent and treat malaria.