Canada Dry Tonic Water

I walked into my next door bodega, and asked if if they had any tonic water. He said, “We have club soda, it’s the same thing.” I kindly told him that it’s not. He asked me, “What are you making?”

“Gin and Tonic,” I said.

“Yep, the same thing. Club soda and Tonic water are the same thing. Trust me, I’m a bartender.”

“…”

I muttered something about how it wasn’t, (“Trust me”) and left. The next day, though, there were six tonic waters in the case just for me.

My bodega stocks Canada Dry, and therefore when the rain comes in, the weather changes, snow on the horizon, its 11:38 pm and I’m out of tonic or I’m lazy, I’m drinking Canada Dry.

Canada Dry is another sweet tonic water. High Fructose Corn Syrup, a pleasing flavor of quinine. It’s much more noticeably sweet than Schweppes. Canada Dry isn’t going to overpower any of your gins, but it’s also not built to compliment any of them. It’s a perfectly acceptable tonic water that has mass appeal.

It’s less carbonated than Q tonic and more in line with your standard sort of carbonated beverage. Not effervescent enough to hold its bubbles more than 3-5 days after opening. It goes flat quickly, and therefore should be consumed soon after opening.

Overall, much like Schweppes, I enjoy this tonic water and find it does an acceptable job of playing the tonic in my gin and tonics. If forced to choose though, I take Schweppes only by the smallest of margins over Canada Dry.

Last updated November 21st, 2010 by Aaron

7 thoughts on “Canada Dry Tonic Water

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  • May 31, 2013by Peter

    Canada dry is not tonic water, it’s ginger ale.

  • May 31, 2013by AaronPost author

    They also make a Tonic Water.

  • June 28, 2013by ηλεκτρονικό τσιγάρο

    It ís nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

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  • November 19, 2016by Anonymous

    Canada Dry tonic has a LEMON/LIME BASE

    Schweppes tonic has a GRAPEFRUIT BASE.

    BOTHE EXCELLENT BUT CANADA DRY TONIC HAS PROPRIETERY PIN POINT CARBONATION. LONGER LIFE CARBINATION AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

    I WORKED FOR CD FOR MAMY YEARS. THIS IS A SELLING POINT. ESPECIALLY IN BARS
    ROD BROWN

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