In Notes From the Field

This month, we’re celebrating tonic with a variety of drink of the week posts, trivia bits on our Facebook and twitter, and more. Here are a couple other alternatives to keep you on your tonic toes…Tonics

  • Tonic Syrups – Lots of syrup companies, and even bartenders, are making commercial tonic syrups these days. Sometimes they’re only sold at a specific bar/restaurant, and sometimes you can find them in liquor stores. These can be a great way to personalize your tonic to your liking (just be sure to use a very fizzy club soda to ensure that your tonic is bubbly!). Each one we’ve tried offers unique flavor profiles beyond just quinine. As we wrote about last year, we love Tomr’s tonic, an artisanal quinine syrup created by our New York pal, Tom Richter, and it plays great with our gins. There are many other great artisanal tonic syrups on the market as well; keep your eyes peeled and find your favorite!
  • Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic – We keep this tonic on hand in the Tasting Room for those looking for a lower calorie option. We haven’t liked “diet” tonics, so we were thrilled to find this one with  great soft citrus and spice, and less sweet than a traditional tonic. We love it with our vodkas, and also our Distiller’s Gin No. 6!

One Word of Caution: A quick (but important) word about tonic syrups – While there are many recipes for homemade tonic syrups out there, we recommend using one of the many natural, handmade ones that are on the market. There is a federal standard for use of quinine, and some people were recently sickened from homemade tonic. Camper English over at Alcademics wrote a very informative article about the dangers of over-ingesting quinine. Be safe out there!

We are in a great era for cocktails, and with the boom in craft ingredients, there is no excuse for mediocre drinks, especially in the tonic department! Find what works for you, and head to your favorite chair with your new favorite tonic cocktail.