Who makes the best tonic water?
Want to know which is the best tonic water to make your G&T with? We’ve tasted 11 original tonics to find out which goes best with gin and other spirits
Looking for the best tonic water? From Indian tonic water to Devon tonic water, we’ve found the best bottles, plus the tonic water ingredients.
What is tonic water?
Tonic water is a carbonated soft drink with a distinctly bitter flavour that is usually used as a mixer. Natural quinine is sometimes added to give the bitter taste, while some brands add sugar for sweetness.
How the best tonic water taste test worked
Four members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the best original tonic water, awarding gold and silver to the ones we were most impressed with.
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The results for the best tonic water taste test
Comments: This has everything you want from a tonic water – sweet yet bitter with a well-rounded flavour profile and lemon notes. Try mixing this one with a vodka.
Comments: If you like your drinks a little sweeter, try this tonic with citrus notes. With a longer finish, this is ideal for a G&T.
Joint gold: Bermondsey tonic water, £4.65, 4 x 200ml, Ocado
Comments: A more complex tonic than the others we tasted, with distinct fruity, honey undertones. The grown-up flavour means it’d be lovely to drink on its own.
Comments: One of the more bitter tonics we tasted, this lemony one had a delicate sweetness and a slight dryness at the end.
Other tonic waters we tried
About the tonic: Fentimans botanically brewed tonic water was first established in 1905. With no artificial sweeteners, flavourings or preservatives, this tonic water is made with natural botanicals and quinine.
About the tonic: Created and blended in Devon with spring water, Japanese yuzu and Indian quinine to create a classic tonic.
About the tonic: Launched by Halewood Wines & Spirits, this British tonic is made with organic agave and spring water from the Lake District.
In the past we also conducted a taste test to find the best flavoured Indian tonic water...
The results for the best flavoured tonic water taste test
Comments:With an aromatic light grapefruit taste this winning flavoured tonic was a great all rounder, with a distinct tonic hint. Beautifully presented in a elegant vintage style bottle.
Comments: With a very sweet smell this cloudy lemon tonic is sweet on the palate with a bitter aftertaste
Comments: With subtle notes of grapefruit, this tonic was slightly dry with a lot of fizz.
Joint bronze: Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water, £1.81/500ml, Ocado
Comments: Strong notes of elderflower, this tonic water was syrupy and creamy. It was one of the sweeter flavoured tonics we tried.
Taste test conducted by Ellie Edwards