The Fever-Tree Story

‘If 3/4 of your gin and tonic is tonic, make sure you use the best’. 

Fever-Tree is one of the top tonic brands leading the way to produce high quality mixers for outstanding spirits. And that is exactly why ILoveGin loves Fever-Tree.

Why is it called Fever-Tree?

The brand name Fever-Tree was chosen as it is the colloquial name for the cinchona tree, the bark of which produces quinine. Legend has it that the bark of the fever tree was first used by the Spanish in the early 1630s when it was given to the Countess of Chinchon, who had contracted malaria (known as the ‘fever’) whilst living in Peru. The Countess recovered and the healing properties of the tree were discovered.

Although it was imported in Europe after its discovery, the healing power of this remarkable tree only became world renowned in the 1820’s when officers of the British Army in India, in an attempt to ward off malaria, mixed quinine with sugar and water, creating the first Indian Tonic Water.

Adding a little dash of gin to the tonic water made it tastier and… tah-dah! The original gin and tonic was born and soon became the drink of the British Empire.

And how did the brand come about?

Following a ‘tonic tasting’ in the US, Charles Rolls (MD of Plymouth Gin) and Tim Warrillow, (luxury food marketing expert) analysed the composition of mixers and discovered that they were all made with low quality, artificial ingredients.

And so started a 15-month journey of research into the origins of Tonic Water and in 2005 the first bottle of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water was produced. Tim and Charles did not only go to the other side of the world to source quinine, but chose a specific type of plantation on the Rwanda/Congo border to get it as natural and high quality as possible.

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The 6 variations of Tonic Water

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Once Fever-Tree got the basics right it started creating all sorts of flavoursome mixers blending spring water and eight botanical flavours. These include rare ingredients such as marigold extracts and a bitter orange from Tanzania.

To enhance the aromas of the spirits and botanicals, all the tonics are very bubbly and smooth.

 

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Indian Tonic Water

Aroma & Flavour: Clean and fresh with a citrus and aromatic hint give a very soft flavour. The subtle and supportive citrus and fruit notes are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of natural quinine.

Perfect G&T: Pour 50ml of gin over the ice and add the tonic water. Run the curl of lime around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.

 

Mediterranean Tonic Waterthyme-and-tonic

Aroma & Flavour: A subtle aroma of thyme, with fresh citrus and hints of rosemary.

Perfect G&T: Pour 50ml of gin over the ice and add the tonic water. Garnish with a spring of thyme and a slice of lemon. Great with a big slice of grapefruit too!

 

 


Aromatic Tonic Water

Aroma & Flavour: Sweet aroma with subtle notes of orange bitters. A uniquely refreshing tonic with an aromatic blend of quinine and angostura bark, gentle spices and fresh citrus.

Perfect G&T: Pour 50ml of gin (preferably navy-strength!) over the ice in a high-ball glass and add the tonic water. Garnish with a generous grapefruit or lemon peel.

 

 

Elderflower Tonic Water

Aroma & Flavour: A slightly sweet, floral aroma from the elderflowers, combined with a subtle citrus note. The sweetness of the elderflower is perfectly balanced with the soft bitterness of natural quinine.

Perfect G&T: Pour 50ml of gin over the ice in a high-ball glass and add the tonic water. Garnish with a spring of lemon thyme or a slice of lemon.

 
 

Naturally Light Tonic Water

Aroma & Flavour: Subtle and supportive citrus and fruit notes. Very soft, balanced by the bitterness of natural quinine. Slightly less sweet than the Indian tonic, and with a clean finish.

Perfect G&T: Pour 50ml of gin over the ice and add the tonic water. Run the curl of lime around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.

 
 

Sicilian Lemon Tonic Water

Aroma & Flavour: A burst of fresh lemons hits you as you open the bottle. The soft, subtle and supportive lemon notes are balanced by the bitterness of natural quinine to give a refreshingly crisp flavour. The finish is clean with none of the usual cloying mouth feel of other bitter lemons.

Perfect G&T: Try with 50ml of Sloe Gin over ice in a copa glass, then pour in the tonic. Garnish with lemon peel.

 

Find out more about Fever-Tree on their website. 

 

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