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Tonic Water

Review: Todd Thrasher’s Tonic


In a rather nondescript, almost generic appearing bottle lies a tonic syrup crafted by one of the biggest names in the Virginia Cocktail scene: Todd Thrasher.  On this blog, he’s probably best known for his partnership with Alexandria, Virginia’s PX.

Todd Thrasher’s syrup is available at Society Fair,a boutique food shop in Old Town Alexandria that he again helped open. It seems that everywhere you look in Alexandria, if you see fine cocktails or cocktail product’s, Todd’s name is on it.

Now on to the Syrup A deep brown, almost root beer colored tonic syrup. The nose is sweet and citrusy. The taste is distinctly sweeter than most other tonic syrups out there and the bitterness rather muted, evolving and coming in towards the end of the taste on the back of the palette. There’s a bright floral quality here also, likely owing to the Lavender*. Crowd pleasing for sure. I’d say many tonic syrups are for people who already love the taste of quinine and rich herbal concoctions. Thrasher’s tonic, not so much. Its sweet, nicely balanced, and has an appeal that spans a wider array of drinkers.

If this tonic has a wider distribution, I think it has the potential to be a “breakthrough” tonic that might turn people on to exactly what a tonic syrup can be; it might break it out of the speak easy bar back and into the mainstream.

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When in Alexandria, Virginia be sure to stop by Eamonn’s on King Street. And get a deep fried Milky Way Bar.  The come back later that night and look for the Blue Light. But don’t come dressed in any less than your finest.

What’s Good: PX is a 1920’s inspired speakeasy where everything behind the bar: from juice to tonic water is homemade. So even the most quotidian of drinks is special here. Yes, order a gin and tonic. The tonic is among the finest in the world and worth asking for. This is one fancy cocktail bar where the basics are some of the best.

The bar itself reminds me of an apartment. There are several rooms adjacent to the bar area, so that even when PX is at its most crowded you can get away and sit with your friends. Think 1920’s chic. There’s glitzy chandeliers dangling overhead and a bit of overwrought prohibition era kitsch. Its all part of the experience, and although there’s nothing extremely secret about it, you could easily begin to feel like your in another place and time.

Getting In: Though you can get a table on off-nights by just ringing the bell and hoping for the best, I highly recommend reservations.

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