At Top Note Tonic, we recognize that the truest source of flavor comes from nature. By using only the best all-natural, GMO- and gluten-free ingredients, we've developed remarkable flavor profiles in each of our sparkling mixers. Our products find balance in sweet, sour and bitter notes and harmony in unexpected key ‘top note’ aromas that will make your cocktails sing.
All of our products are designed in house by our founders, Noah and Mary, both seasoned craft brewers. Our mixers are complex, well-crafted and simple to use, and most of all delicious on their own or with any juice, spirit, spirit free distillate you choose to mix with.
Bitters: We use pure botanical extracts for our bitter components.
Found primarily in the French Alps, the gentian root from the Gentiana lutea plant has bittering agents similar to those found in hops. Gentian provides a bitter, earthy backbone of flavor. The naturally occurring polyphenolic compound gives the extract a slightly yellow color. We use gentian as one of the bittering agents in our tonic waters, making for unique, palate-cleansing and very pleasing aperitivo-style soft drinks and spirits mixers.
Cinchona bark, also known as Peruvian bark, provides a natural source of quinine. Quinine is best known for providing the flavor associated with “tonic water” as we know it today. We use natural quinine in all of our tonic waters. Top Note Classic Tonic Water is bittered with 100% natural quinine from Java.
Citrus Peel and Juices:
Top Note mixers are created to provide complex flavor profiles. Citrus peels are one of the botanical ingredients used, with grapefruit taking the front and center top note in our award-winning Indian Tonic Water and Grapefruit Soda. Lemon also provides a clean taste profile and a slight sharpness to our tonics. The zing of California lemon zest and juice (not from concentrate) provide a fresh aroma to our Bitter Lemon Tonic Water, making for a refreshing alternative to lemonade and a pleasing alternative to bitter liqueurs.
The spices we use in our mixers lend a warm and inviting aroma, second in importance only to those flavors and aromas provided by citrus. We only use pure botanical extracts that are GMO- and gluten-free.
Allspice is a dried unripe fruit that grows in warm climates. Named because its profile is similar to the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, this flavorful component is used in many international foods and liqueurs. This complex spice is used to increase the flavor depth of our tonics.
Ginger is a spice used in many food and drinks around the world. It produces an intensely hot aroma that pairs well with citrus botanicals. Like other spices, it is used carefully and with restraint to add layers to complex flavor profiles.
Lemongrass has a floral and grassy aroma that provides a flavor that is both light and complex at the same time.
Juniper is a key ingredient used to flavor gin. Juniper provides a sharp, clear flavor and a dry earthy component to our mixers.
Wintergreen is a strong aromatic with a sweet, woody appeal. When used sparingly it provides a minty depth to our mixers.
Top Note mixers utilize several types of cane sugar for sweetness, some selected to provide a unique flavor profile while others are selected for their color qualities. US-grown and GMO-free pure cane sugar is our primary sweetener and we use no artificial or highly concentrated sweeteners in any of our mixers.
Natural cane sugar is produced from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. The pure sweetness provided by refined sugar is unrivaled.
We use date sugar to enhance the complex flavor profile of our Ginger Beer. It adds a mild sour characteristic that lends balance to any Mule style cocktail, as well as cocktails that are cane sugar-based (ie. those with rum or Cachaça), or made with barrel-aged spirits. We particularly like our Ginger Beer mixed with rye-based vodkas.
Acids are the quintessential ingredient to provide a balance of sour to sweet beverages. Acid must be carefully added to avoid an undesirable pucker and drying of the palate. We use citric acid and cream of tartar to create a softer more desirable acidity to our mixers.