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Style Check: Tonic Water – Imbibe Journal


As One thing and Tonic creator Nick Kokonas writes in our Could/June 2023 situation, tonic water has come a good distance because the days of Pitt’s Aerated Tonic Water—and from the period of grocery store tonics. The now-ubiquitous mixer is utilized in drinks of every kind, and it’s a necessary ingredient for any residence bar. Listed here are 9 premium manufacturers to attempt.

Betty Buzz

Billed as an “American-style” tonic, Betty Buzz goals for a lighter steadiness of bitter and candy. $8/4-pack, boisson.co

Boylan Heritage Tonic Water

Lemon, key lime, and bitter orange extracts add citrusy complexity to this premium tonic (additionally obtainable as a lightweight tonic). Well-known for its line of nostalgic sodas, Boylan Bottling Co. collaborated with residence items firm W&P to supply the Heritage Tonic Water. Clear and crisp, it’s an additional citrusy possibility with lemon, key lime, and bitter orange complementing the sweet-bitter steadiness, with only a trace of spice on the end. $41.75/12-pack, boylanbottling.com

Double Dutch

Dutch twins Raissa and Joyce de Haas supply a variety of mixers beneath their Double Dutch label, together with Indian Tonic, Cranberry & Ginger Tonic, and Double Lemon Tonic. $1.99, wineandeggs.com

East Imperial

Aiming squarely on the craft-cocktail crowd, East Imperial presents six kinds of tonic, together with Yuzu Tonic and Royal Botanic Tonic, with elderflower and ruby purple grapefruit. Made utilizing an previous household recipe with botanicals sourced primarily from Asia and Africa, the tonic water is crisp and tart like a recent inexperienced apple, with a evenly spiced bitterness and a delightful Champagne-like fizz. $21.99/10-pack, amazon.com


This venerable model helped outline the premium tonic class, and extra just lately added a Pink Grapefruit Tonic to its lineup. Their common tonic water is sweetened partly with beet sugar however stays pleasingly dry. The addition of herbs and botanicals, together with juniper berry, lime leaf, and lemongrass, contributes to a posh but balanced bitterness. $5.99/4-pack, totalwine.com


The acquainted G&T received an enormous enhance with Fever-Tree’s launch in 2005. Fever-Tree now bottles six kinds of tonic, together with their flagship type and a Mediterranean method. $5.99/4-pack, fever-tree.com

Franklin & Sons

A longtime favourite within the U.Okay., this British model presents three kinds within the U.S. market, together with Indian Tonic, Gentle Tonic, and Sicilian Lemon Tonic. $2, proofnomore.com

Q Mixers

Q helped make premium tonic water a family staple, and immediately presents its flagship Spectacular Tonic alongside Traditional Tonic, Elderflower Tonic, and Gentle Tonic. The unique from the Q line of mixers, the tonic stands aside with about half the sugar content material of most different manufacturers. Bracingly bitter, with a contact of spice and citrus zest, it’s sweetened with simply sufficient agave to steadiness the quinine’s chew. $7.99/4-pack, bevmo.com

High Word Tonic

High Word takes an ingredient-driven, craft method to its mixers, together with its Indian Tonic, Traditional Tonic, and Bitter Lemon Tonic. $39.99/16-pack, retailer.topnotetonic.com




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