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Apr 22, 2008 07:15 AM

Which Tonic for Gin/Vodka & Tonic

Ok, just to stir things up a bit, which tonic? Have you ever looked on the label to see how many calories in regular Tonic? Anyone ever attempt drinking a Gin with Diet Tonic? I have- pretty bad-had to switch to club soda- yes I was on a diet. Anyhoo- Canada Dry, Schweppes, Whole Foods, etc. What are the best/worst you have ever tried?

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  1. I love a good Gin and Tonic and have tried a number of tonics. My rankings are below.

    Stirrings Tonic Water (My current favorite)
    Whole Foods (365 Brand)
    Canada Dry
    <No drink at all>
    Generic Tonic (Store Brands)
    Diet Tonic (Any Kind)

    There are a few other premium tonics out there that I unfortunately have not had a chance to try. Q, Fever Tree, etc.

    JMF wrote a nice article on Slashfood about the perfect G&T. Take a look.

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    1. re: ShadowedOne

      ShadowedOne, thanks for linking to that. I just re-read it for the first time since I wrote it and I'm impressed. I was having a good day.

      1. re: ShadowedOne

        That's pretty much identical to my preferences, with Fever Tree thrown in somewhere near the top of the list!

      2. I like Whole Foods and Hansen's (which seem to be only available in half-sized cans). But I wish I could find Q and Fever Tree here in Oregon.

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        1. re: AlbertaHound

          It appears that Fever Tree mixers are usually available via BevMo's website. However, the tonic water is currently out of stock. Will have to keep checking back. :)

        2. I feel Schweppes has a lower sugar content than most of the other widely distributed brands and therefore a drier taste and less chance of a headache later (although if you're determined anything is possible).

          1. I read that FeverTree was made by the same guys that created Martin Miller's Gin. Supposedly they were on a quest to create the "perfect G&T". Unfortunately, in the US, both of those products are hard to come by.

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