British officers in India during the nineteenth century drank tonic water made with quinine to fend off malaria. Adding Britain’s favorite spirit to the water made the bitter tasting tonic easier to drink, it took the edge off and gave them a little buzz! Since then, the gin and tonic has become one of the world’s most consumed and beloved cocktails. Most gin drinkers are loyal to their brand of gin; however, I would encourage them to be as devoted to their choice in tonic water.
Some of my favorites are: Fever Tree Lite Tonic Water, Fever Tree Bitter Lemon, and Q Tonic. At Nick’s Cove we’ve created out own Tonic syrup that’s made with Cinchona tree bark, sweetened with agave nectar, as well a carefully selected choice of different citrus zest, herbs and spices. Paired with Uncle Val’s Botanical gin, our Tomales Tonic has a beautiful balance of earth, citrus and floral notes. Come try it yourself, it is on our specialty cocktail list year around!