Fentiman’s Tonic Water

Fentiman's Tonic WaterToday we’re re-visiting a favorite feature of the past.  Fentiman’s Tonic Water was one of the notable omissions from the winter series. Although I’ve had it, and enjoyed it before, I didn’t have ready access to it in order to do a proper review. Fortunately, a supermarket near me now stocks it, and Fentiman’s has gone from an obscure oddity to a regular presence in my fridge.

The first thing you’ll notice about Fentiman’s is the strong herbal notes. Lemongrass is prominent and almost the dominant counterpart to the quinine. Its not as sweet as other tonics, opting for cane sugar over high fructose corn syrup giving it a sharper sweetness. One of the best features is that it seems more carbonated than other tonics. It tastes and feels fizzier, meaning your gin and tonic will stay fizzier longer.

The only major drawback I can think of in terms of gin and tonic is that it is the most expensive per oz. of all of the high end tonics. I’m not saying its not worth it for serious gin and tonic drinkers, but it’s likely not your best bet for a party.

Price: $2.99 / 9.3 oz.
Best consumed: In a gin and tonic, without lime. Perhaps w/ a gin that features lemongrass. (Krahn perhaps).
Website: http://www.drinkfentimans.com/
Availability: I’m starting to see it a bit more, but for the most part Amazon.com might be your most reliable source.


Last updated September 12th, 2011 by Aaron

6 thoughts on “Fentiman’s Tonic Water

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  • July 15, 2013by Liz

    … just don’t mix it with Tanqueray Rangpur. It’s a tasty drink, but NOT a G&T. It’s more like a light and citrusy summer beverage which happens to have alcohol. Fentimans is the one tonic water I immediately considered drinking on its own.

  • July 23, 2014by Evan Grambas

    This is hands down my favourite tonic water. It’s not that easy to get one’s hands on it in Australia, but it is possible. As the review states it is just so fizzy and herbal. I mix it with Tanqueray 10, Beefeater 24 and to a lesser degree with Sipsmith and Junipero. I use the 125ml bottles which mix well with 30ml of gin…

  • October 17, 2014by Saeko

    I had this for the first time last week with Sipsmiths. It completely overpowered the gin. Fever Tree and Schwepps (not slimline) remain my favourites.

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  • October 7, 2015by Vincent

    I agree that the botanicals are too much for a good G&T however this is a great stand-alone drink as a non-alcoholic alternative to a G&T for those who are pregnant or who can’t/don’t want to drink alcohol!

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