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Top 10 Tonic Waters

Navy Strength Gin and Tonic

Since our last update in 2012, we’ve reviewed a  lot more Tonic waters and syrups. Being one of our most popular features (ever) written, we felt it time to update based on several years of additional research. As always, you can check out our entire tonic review archive and search for your personal favorites.

A couple of quick considerations and notes: The list does not correspond directly with our star ratings (though there are many highly rated tonics on here). It instead looks at a tonic and how well it works in a wide range of G&T’s. It’s a guideline for what might be the most versatile, general recommendation. For those looking for something more specific, there are lots of excellent tonics that don’t appear here, even though we love them.

Also, tonic waters and syrups appear side by side on this year’s list, though we may break them out in the future. I’m curious to hear what you think, do you consider tonic waters and syrups side by side? Or are they their own thing? Let me know in the comments. Without further ado, here’s your top 10 for 2015.

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Fever Tree Naturally Light Indian Tonic


Tasting Notes

On the nose, evident effervescence with a distinct touch of lemon/citrus. The palate is greeted with the signature Fever Tree burst of fizz, but when it clears, there’s not much else there. There’s only a tinge of bitterness and maybe a slight citric note. It’s clean, and has a touch of bitterness, but it just doesn’t deliver much on its own. It’s not wildly different from the flavor of their club soda, which while delivering plenty of effervescence, it just lacks in flavor and character.

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Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic

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Well folks it’s about time.

What you say? 

You’ve heard of this one before?

Unless you’ve been living under a gin and tonic rock, you know about Fever Tree’s quite excellent line of tonic waters, in particular their Mediterranean.

Supposedly, it’s designed to be the cleaner and more refreshing alternative, one that is design for vodka and tonic (what?!). I’ve heard many gin drinkers say that it’s among their favorites, and I’ve heard others describe it as the perfect pair for some of the wild contemporary flavors of Spanish gins in general.

In short, I’ve heard a lot about this tonic water. And now the fact that it’s easy to obtain via [there’s no affiliate link or anything, so don’t be so afraid of clicking] in the states, I’m excited to see if this is worth making a permanent addition to my home bar. My friend shared with me this bottle, so I’m excited to see what to make of this.

Taste of the Mediterranean

Tasting it on its own, one thing strikes you readily: the quinine isn’t so intense in here. It’s subtle. What hits me most strongly is the herbal flavor: lemon thyme, rosemary, and other herbs warmly greet the palate.

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Other Thoughts

Happy World Gin Day!

The Gin is In wishes everyone the happiest of World Gin Days!

Our World Gin Day Cocktail of choice is:  Ethereal Gin No. 4 and Fever Tree Tonic.

Ethereal Gin No. 4 is a limited edition gin from Berkshire Mountain Distillers. It’s extremely smooth and has a nice herbal flavor and just a hint of Anise that lingers after each sip. We paired it with Fever Tree Tonic because the clean strong flavor of the tonic plus just the hint of sweetness that it brings to the table is the perfect compliment. I left out the lime because of Ethereal Gin’s predominantly herbal profile. Cheers!

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Review: Fever Tree


There are some items that are a pleasure to review. This happens to be one of them, and one of my personal favorites. I knew I loved it before I even set out to write this review. But I’m going to try and be unbiased.

Fever Tree, much like Q Tonic, boasts of using “all natural flavors.” They use cane sugar and real chinchona from Peru. You can tell immediately that this is not your standard supermarket tonic.

As closest parallel is Q tonic, I will use Q as a comparison point. Fever Tree is also very fizzy, and the smart idea of selling it in 4 packs of single serving bottles means that your tonic will always be fizzy. It does lose points in that Q Tonic has a party-ready solution in the form of a 750mL champagne bottle; Fever Tree only sells packages of 4 200mL bottles. So it’s not good for parties, but did you really want to share this stuff anyway?

It’s noticeably sweeter than Q also. There’s hints of quinine bitterness, but it finishes sweet and smooth. I think that some may really appreciate the palette cleansing bitterness of the former.

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