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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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