The 15 best tonics for gin!

As the eponymous other half of the G&T, choosing a tonic for your craft gin is almost as important as the gin itself! Since we started sending our boxes, we’ve always made sure to send a premium tonic that compliments the gin, and we’ve found some pretty amazing ones over the years. The Violet Blossom tonic in May’s Gin of the Month box is going down such a storm, we decided to round up a list of the best 15 tonics - as chosen by our members! So, in no particular order..

Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic water

Key Ingredients: Pink Grapefruit

Tasting Notes: A complex combination of distinctive lemongrass, heady juniper berry, invigorating kaffir lime and uplifting orris root provides the base of this zesty tonic water. Sharp and aromatic quinine awakens the palate followed by fresh grapefruit, as though enjoyed freshly sliced from the fruit itself.

Best with: Citrus and juniper forward gins.

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Key Ingredients: Sicilian Lemons

Tasting Notes: A combination of essential oils from the peel and juice of the flesh from gently pressed Sicilian lemons with natural quinine delivers a vibrant citrus flavour with a subtle bitterness.

Best with: Sweeter and berry based gin like sloe gin.

Fevertree Mediterranaen tonic

Key Ingredients: Lemon Thyme

Tasting Notes: A blend of the essential oils from flowers, fruits and herbs gathered from around the Mediterranean shores with highest-quality quinine from the 'fever trees' of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The reduced amount of quinine in the Mediterranean Tonic with the addition of rosemary and lemon thyme, produces a much lighter, more fragrant tonic.

Best with: Citrus and herbaceous gins.

Fentimans Valencian Orange

Key Ingredients: Valencian Oranges

Tasting Notes: Made with beautifully sweet Valencian oranges and infused with Lemongrass, this mixer is perfectly rounded with a hint of quinine for a refreshing and aromatic tonic water.

Best with: Pairs perfectly with citrus and herbaceous gins.

Lixir Rhubarb & Ginger Tonic

Key Ingredients: Rhubarb and Fresh Ginger

Tasting Notes: Fresh rhubarb delivers a sweet, earthy hit, tempered by the warming undertones of ginger. 

Best with: Dry or fruity gins as well as golden or spiced rums.

Merchants Heart Pink Peppercorn

Key Ingredients: Pink peppercorn

Tasting Notes: The rich bitterness of quinine flows into the soft fruity spice of pink peppercorn. A hollow “heart” to allow the gin to shine.

Best with: Excellent with aromatic spicy gin, earthy vodka and Cognac.

Scweppes Light Tonic

Key Ingredient: Quinine

Tasting Notes: Low in natural sugar and full of sparkling charm and character, with a seamless blend of bright bitters and soft sweetness.

Best with: Blends seamlessly with traditionally-flavoured gins and warm rums.

Peter Spanton Cardamom Tonic

Key Ingredients: Cardamom

Tasting Notes: A spicy bold and sweet palate, balanced by more cardamom, fresh apple and citrus notes, ending with a big hit of bitterness.

Best with: A classy all-rounder, ideal with classic, London-dry-style gins.

Merchants Heart Hibiscus tonic

Key Ingredients: Hibiscus

Tasting Notes: Delicate and fruity sweetness with a soft bitterness and a gentle rose tint.

Best with: Excellent with citrus gin, vermouth and white rum.

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Key Ingredients: Pink Grapefruit

Tasting Notes: Succulent pink grapefruit and classic Indian quinine infuse natural Devon spring water in this delicate citrus tonic.

Best with: Citrus and juniper forward gins

London Essence Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic

Key Ingredients: Pomelo and Pink Peppercorn

Tasting Notes: A refreshing combination of tangy grapefruit notes, a delicately spiced pepper note and a sharp citrus and lightly bitter quinine finish.

Best with: The perfect way to enliven citrus forward gins or add a touch of the exotic to grain based vodkas, for an added pink lift.

Double Dutch Watermelon & Cucumber

Key Ingredients: Watermelon & Cucumber

Tasting Notes: Slightly sweet aroma with a fresh and cool scent. While watermelon and cucumber are both part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family, watermelon’s natural sugars bring warmth and shine to the traditionally fresh savour of cucumber.

Best with: While cucumber has a traditional affinity for gin and lighter summer fizzes, the additional depth offered by watermelon allows it to support light rums, vodkas and other base spirits that require a little warmth to come to life.

Lamb & Watt Basil Tonic

Key Ingredients: Basil

Tasting Notes: Beautiful and herbaceous with a hit of quinine. Basil lasts well leaving behind a satisfying dry finish.

Best with: Fruity and herbaceous gins 

Poachers Irish Tonic

Key ingredients: Citrus and Rosemary

Tasting Notes: Flavoured with extracts of Irish Rosemary and contains much less sugar than other tonics on the market. A lovely light bubble, and a clean, crisp finish with no bitter aftertaste.

Best with: Classic juniper lead gins

Tassoni Tonica

Key Ingredients: Quassia tree extract

Tasting Notes: Pure and crystal clear, it has the distinctive citrusy flavour of citron topped with aromatic herbal notes and is naturally refreshing and low in sugar. A unique, fresh blend of citrus notes.

Best with: Light citrussy gins