We Don't All Love Tonic

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We Don't All Love Tonic

A few alternative mixers for those of us that don't like tonic

I used to think that I didn't like Gin, but in fact, it’s the tonic I’m not so keen on.

Apparently we can blame this on genetics: for some of us the taste is too bitter and for others, no problem at all. It's part of our DNA.
It's the quinine that gives tonic the distinctive flavour. From the bark of the cinchona tree, it has been used as an anti-malarial treatment for the last 200 years. There is not enough in your tonic water to justify G&T's as your preferred medicine, but good try!

Don't let your aversion to tonic stop you enjoying Gin. Here are a few alternatives to tantalise your taste buds.


Ginger Ale
A spicy and warming mixer which tastes great with spiced Gins, of which Peaky Blinder is definitely one of my favourites. Or how about trying with a fruit Gin like Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple.  It's delicious and part of a growing new trend.


A sweeter, fruity alternative to tonic that mixes perfectly with dry gins. Try a Fentimans Rose Lemonade with Bloom Premium London Dry and garnish with fresh cut strawberries or raspberries.


Bitter Lemon
It has come a long way in credibility since the days of my Grandma's favourite Gin mixer. Lemon juice, pith and peel give it the signature taste and you may not even notice that it contains quinine. Schweppes Bitter Lemon has been served since the 1950's. Try this classic with Gordon's Dry Gin.


Soda & Sparkling Water 
Simple and refreshing. Mix Gin, soda and fresh lime juice for the taste of gin and tonic, without the quinine.


Flavoured Tonic Water
I know it contains the 'Q' ingredient but trust me on this and try the great tasting flavoured tonic waters from Fentimans and Fever-Tree. For me, the Elderflower tonic has changed my mind on tonic. It is delicate and sweet and I love it with fruity gins. 


See our range of Mixers and discover your perfect partner for your favourite Gin 


  1. Oliver Sorby Oliver Sorby

    Damn genetics as I have always disliked tonic but trying other mixes makes Gin drinking far more enjoyable :-). Ginger Ale is a winner. Great tips

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