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FAQ: Top Note Classic Tonic Water

Introduced in 2019, our award-winning Classic Tonic Water is simple and delicious, but what makes it so special is all in the details.

 

Q: What is tonic water?

A: Tonic is a carbonated water flavored with sugar and bitters. The origin of tonic water as we know it today can be traced back to a botanical tincture issued to British soldiers in WWI. The tincture contained a natural bittering agent called quinine, which was used as a means of fighting malaria. According to legend, soldiers would mix the tincture with gin and sugar to make it more palatable, and thus the classic Gin & Tonic was born. 

Q: How is Top Note’s Classic Tonic Water different from other tonic waters?

A: While other commercial tonics utilize multiple lower-quality bittering agents, we found that by using high-quality, naturally-derived quinine as the sole bittering agent we’re able to pull out and enhance a pleasantly clean lime characteristic that needs little else to shine.

 

Q: What’s the difference between Classic Tonic Water and Indian Tonic Water?

A: Our aromatic Indian Tonic Water contains two bittering agents - quinine and gentian root, which provide a soft earthiness to the tonic that complements botanical gins and allow it to stand on its own as a European aperitivo-style soft drink.

Our Classic Tonic Water pays homage to the classic quinine qualities of WWI-era tonic tinctures, utilizing quinine as its sole bittering agent and giving it a crisp, citrus-forward backbone perfectly suited for vodka and juniper-forward gins.

Q: How can I best enjoy Classic Tonic Water?

A: This is the mixer for those looking for a pure, no-frills tonic water to complement fine vodkas and London Dry gins. Because our Classic Tonic Water is produced with a small amount of GMO-free pure cane sugar to balance out the bitter top notes, it also tastes great on its own or mixed into a number of non-alcoholic drink recipes. Follow this link to check out some of our favorite tonic cocktails and spirit-free recipes.

For more information on Top Note Sparkling Mixers, head to our Industry Home Page, curated just for bars, restaurants, cafes and distributors.

Please reach out to us with any questions regarding our products, distributors near you or how to serve Top Note Sparkling Mixers in your bar. We’re your biggest fans!

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