We think of the G&T as a classic British tipple, but this spectacularly refreshing drink has a central place in Italian culture, too – especially when it’s around aperitivo time. In response to the growing popularity of gin in Italy, a number of Italian tonics have come to market, including the crisp Tassoni Tonica Superfina in your January Gin of the Month box.
Get to know this new breed of Italian tonics here.
The Tassoni Tonica Superfina in your January Gin of the Month box is made with natural citron, the hard-skinned, green citrus fruit that flourishes on the banks of Lake Garda. Tassoni has been processing this brightly flavoured fruit since 1793, when traditional apothecaries distilled the peel into medicinal drinks.
In 1793, the apothecary’s new owner separated the distillery from the pharmacy and created Tassoni, distilling Lake Garda’s citron into citrusy beverages that took Italy by storm. This tonic was added to the range in 2014, its distinctive citrus flavour topped with botanical notes. Rather than use quinine, Tassoni’s tonic is made with extract of the quassia tree, known for its beneficial bitterness.
Best for: a truly Italian twist on tonic
Acqua Brillante Tonica Italiana
Popular across Italy, this tonic is made to a secret recipe with ancient origins – and the company behind it has been in operation since 1954. Distinctive, slightly bitter and intensely thirst-quenching, a recent redesign has given this classic drink a serious update.
Best for: an aperitivo all-rounder
Cortese Pure Tonic
Formulated by and for expert bartenders, Cortese’s pure tonic is just one of a range of non-alcoholic drinks inspired by British classics. Tonic water, ginger beer, ginger ale and more have been reinvented for the Italian palate. With no colourings or preservatives, Cortese’s tonic is balanced, with the signature bitter aftertaste of natural quinine
Best for: boosting your mixology credentials