These artisan local tonic waters are ideal to serve with ice and lemon, or serve them with your favourite sustainable tipple. Although one brand is used almost exclusively, did you know that there are many other locally owned tonic water brands across England? Try Lovely Drinks tonic waters.
Tonic waters contain quinine, so avoid serving them if pregnant or you have an abnormal heart rhythm, kidney or liver disease or low blood sugar. Avoid grapefruit slices for certain medical conditions, and avoid rhubarb tonic waters for stomach/kidney issues.
- Fentimans (Northumberland) are sold in glass bottles. The Premium Indian Classic Tonic Water is accompanied by other flavours including pink grapefruit, Valencian orange and rhubarb (they also offer a naturally light tonic water and a soda water).
- Square Root (East London) makes an Artemisia Tonic with a delicate bitterness thanks to wormwood and quinine, balanced with bright fresh lime. It has light anise on the nose, and a woody fruity taste. The company also makes a ready-made non-alcoholic gin and tonic.
- Twelve Below (Chiltern Hills) offers a naturally low in calories version of tonic water, sweetened with agave (from a plant related to cactus).In classic, rhubarb ginger, pear cardamom and apple garden mint.
- Skinny Tonic is sweetened naturally with stevia, made with Staffordshire raspberries, sold in a can. Sold in packs of 24.
- Jeffrey’s Handcrafted Cordials (Cheshire) offers syrups that you mix with carbonated water, to make your own tonic waters. In classic Indian, oriental lime, Sicilian lemon and yarrow rosehip elderflower.
- Bermondsey Mixer Co uses cinchona bark used in its natural form to give the characteristic bitter taste, and has a beautiful natural amber hue and great reviews. Also in cucumber and grapefruit versions, this tonic water has a light clean finish. Handmade in London. The tonic syrup is mixed with carbonated water, to make your own tonic water.