The London Essence Company: Skillfully Distilled Drinks

Established in 1896 but refreshed in 2016, the London Essence Company is the first “all-light” mixer collection. Delicately light, with naturally sourced sweetness, this allows the distinct notes of its spirit partner to shine through.


The London Essence Company is brought to you by WiseHead Productions, a venture dedicated to delivering creatively crafted drinks that deliver time and time again. Whilst exploring the archives of Britvic, they discovered the history of the company, which was built with a reputation for distilling the true flavour of fine fruits and botanicals.


Art & Alchemy

Inspired by the craft and inventiveness of the original firm, today the mixers are carefully calibrated using distillation techniques, a touch of imagination and suggestions from leading London bartenders.

Distilling the true flavour of fine fruits and botanicals, these mixers are of real quality. Each mixer contains a distilled essence, known as a ‘distillate’, to deliver distinctive aromatic signature notes.


The collection 

Classic London Tonic Water 

The Classic London Tonic features the London Essence signature juniper distillate, and delivers a premium offering that is designed to perfectly enhance the main feature of the drink, the spirit.

By steeping juniper berries for up to a week prior to distillation, this method captures the full range of the juniper aromatics into an essence.

The juniper note allows the elegance of your chosen tipple to seep through, aided by a delicate level of sweetness.

Aroma: pine and citrus notes.
Taste: zesty lemon and lime peel combined with fresh pine, thyme and a juniper finish.


Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic Water 

The notes within this truly aromatic tonic are created by capturing the fresh zing from cold pressed grapefruit oils.

This distilled rosemary essence, crafted through a traditional swan neck process, is then skilfully blended to deliver a herbal edge to the tonic.

As with the rest of the collection, this tonic is also delicately light, with just a dusting of sugar and a touch of sweetness extracted from the stevia plant.

Aroma: fruity aroma that is well balanced by the herbaceous edge of the rosemary.
Taste: tangy grapefruit and rosemary notes, with sharp citrus and light yet bitter quinine finish.



Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic Water

Blood orange oils and a rich bitter orange tincture are artfully blended to provide the base for this Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic.

A gentle floral distilled essence is added, created by steeping and gently heating elderflowers to capture their aromatic vapour.

The subtle sweetness of the elderflower distillate is perfectly paired with the tangy citrus notes of the bitter orange to provide depth of flavour.

Aroma: tangy and fresh orange with subtle elderflower notes.
Taste: Bitter and tangy orange notes, with a floral and honeyed finish.
 Delicate Ginger Ale

This exceptional ginger ale has been blended to showcase premium dark spirits to their best advantage.

By steeping ginger root and blending it with ginger oil, a base is created with a delicately spiced character. The sweetness is moderated by using a dusting of sugar and sweetness from the stevia plant.

The addition of delicate liquorice notes from the distilled aniseed essence complement to create a wonderfully rounded mixer.

Aroma: gentle ginger, with a touch of aniseed and honey.
Taste: gentle liquorice from the aniseed, a lemon fennel top note, with a subtle spice of ginger to create a rounded flavour.


Fore more information check out the London Essence Company’s website.

You can buy some directly from Ocado and Waitrose.


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