Top Note Timeline: Awards & Acclaim

Top Note’s lineup of sparkling mixers have received widespread recognition since we founded the company in 2017. Featuring unique botanicals and unexpected ingredients, our mixers boast beautiful flavors that complement the best spirits in the market. With a focus on natural ingredients and out-of-this-world carbonation levels, it’s no wonder that our mixers have been turning heads. Head to our Press page to learn more.


Within weeks of launching our first of three sparkling mixers, Top Note’s Indian Tonic Water won a SoFi Platinum Award for Best New Mixer. The equivalent of winning an Oscar in the food & beverage industry, the award put a stamp of approval on our Indian Tonic as America's new craft mixer of choice. Illinois liquor store chain Binny’s Beverage Depot agreed, naming the Indian Tonic the “best tonic in its class by a landslide.”


In 2018, Top Note’s Indian Tonic Water lived up to its legacy, earning 87 points and a Silver Medal from the Beverage Testing InstituteGinger Beer also joined in on the winnings, earning 92 points and a Gold Medal for its showing in the competition.


By the time our three original mixers had established themselves as forces within the industry, we'd released our Classic Tonic Water to critical acclaim. Following in the footsteps of Ginger Beer, Classic Tonic earned 92 points and a Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in addition to 91 points and a Gold Medal from Sunset Magazine’s Annual International Competition.


In 2020, we released our Club Soda No. 1, which quickly rose to prominence as the "best club soda outside of Japan" by leading Japanese whisky makers. Beam Suntory commented that the “craftsmanship and thoughtful detail that went into Top Note’s development resulted in a highly sparkling club soda that uplifts our whiskies, elevates the whisky experience and mirrors the quality found at craft cocktail bars in Japan.” Classic Tonic Water and Ginger Beer also continued to shine, catching the eyes of two different editors of the popular website Jonah Flicker named Top Note Classic Tonic Water the year’s “Best Craft Tonic Water” and Sarah Freeman dubbed Top Note Ginger Beer the year’s “Most Unique Ginger Beer,” commending the mixer’s use of date sugar as a mild sweetener as well as its exceptionally dark color.


2021 ushered in Top Note’s first round of international recognition, with our Bitter Lemon Tonic Water and Ginger Beer each earning Gold Medals and Indian Tonic Water earning Silver in the Annual Spirits Business Awards.



2022 we earned another year of Best Craft Tonic by for our Classic Tonic Water, and kept our heads in the game of new product development with our Cascara Cola and Lemon Lime soda being released to bars.


2023 was a bang-up year for Top Note on the awards circuit. It started with a Double Gold at the National Wholesalers Show for Classic Tonic water, then on the heels of that, we won a second Double Gold at the coveted San Francisco Spirits Show for the same product. Classic Tonic up until that point, was a bit underappreciated in our line-up. However the double golds got some attention! 
In 2023 we also entered the Beverage Tasting Institute's Mixer competition for the first time in several years with a product we never tried before, Grapefruit Soda. It took 92 points and a Gold! But we mostly loved what they wrote about our grapefruit; "Light hazy gold color. Aromas of orange peels and pith, grapefruit, and salt and black pepper with a full body and a long grapefruit, sandalwood and white pear, and lemon curd finish." We couldn't say it better! Top Note Mixers are the only mixer brand to earn 3 consecutive golds with the BTI for the best selling Mixers in their portfolio.
We also earned yet another year of Best Craft Tonic for our Classic Tonic Water by as well. 




2024 started again with a big one. Classic Tonic Water won for a unpreceded 2nd year in a row at the San Francisco Spirits Show as a DOUBLE GOLD, meaning every judge gave it a gold. This is a legacy we couldn't have imagined since we only stated entering competitions last year with this product. We dubbed it Iconic for this reason.


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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  • To the webmaster, Your posts are always well-referenced and credible.

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