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harryshyn May 30, 2008 01:28 PM

Here goes, me very first post.....does anyone know where to buy Q tonic water in Montreal/ surrounding areas. Or even Fever-Tree, Stirrings, tonic water. Thanks. I never thought I was drinking a can of regular pop to go with my gin, until I looked closely at the sugar content in the tonic water I get from the supermarket....C Dry, Schwepps etc which are loaded with corn syrup sweetner. I should have clued in because whenever I have offered a G&T to friends that has never tried it, they seem to not mind it at all.

For the gin fans, I have recently tried the Hendricks gin from Scotland......very smooth, tasted side by side with Bombay Sapphire, which packed a whollop compared to Hendricks. I think it is because Bombay has more botanicals in it. Hmmm, I am yet to taste the cucumber and rose petal infusion in Hendricks. However, it was pretty novel dropping a slice of cucumber (yeah, yeah I know this is sacrilage to the hard core G&T drinkers) in my G&T instead of the usual lime/lemon. I love the smell and taste of cucumber, so it was a nice change.

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    Maximilien Dec 30, 2013 02:11 PM

    Don't know if this thread is the "official" Tonic water thread..

    I bought a bottle of tonic syrup from "3/4 oz Tonic Maison".

    It it very good, less bitter than the Schweppes, but a lot more flavourful!

    Goes well with the Piger Nenricus gin.

    https://www.facebook.com/34oztonicmaison

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      cpdp4u Dec 30, 2013 04:52 PM

      I love love love 3/4 oz Tonic Maison also, cheers! The tonic situation in Montreal has drastically changed since I first intervented on this thread. Hallelujah! You can get Jack Rudy at Alambika in too

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        CaptCrunch Jan 3, 2014 09:03 AM

        Thanks for the tip! I guess I'll try Tonic Maison.

        Brought back Jack Rudy from the states but I find myself using it more as a simple syrup-ish flavoring agent for short gin drinks than as a "tonic concentrate".

        Tried Fever Tree but didn't find it too different than schweppes/canada dry tonics. Not as mind bending as I expected I guess.

        For me, unfortunately, the standards tonics are still my tonics of choice.

        As far as gin goes, I really like Victoria Gin for short drinks (it is my favorite gin for gimlets).

        For long gin tonics, Bombay Sapphire is sufficient.

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        cpdp4u Sep 22, 2012 11:20 AM

        well alot has changed since I first replied to this post. You can find Fever Tree at Latini in Mile End as well as in Douceurs Marché Atwater. I also found Fentiman's tonic (brownish colour) at Hamel upstairs in Atwater. Q Tonic as well as Q Ginger and Q Kola are at La mer on René Lévesque close to Jacques Quartier Bridge. Yeah for quality tonic water! Now I want to find some good quality syrup like Jack Rody tonic syrup or somehting along those line. Might have to plan a weekend in Boston or NY to get my hands on some :(

        1. Professional_Amateur Jan 22, 2012 12:02 PM

          IGA makes sugar free Tonic Water. Sold under the store's "Compliments" label. Its perfectly good stuff.

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            cpdp4u Sep 22, 2012 11:21 AM

            although I appreciate the sugar free aspect, I can't stand the taste of artificial sweeteners and I find their tonic water to be a very «industrial» tasting. Thanks for the advice though

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              NanaMoussecurry Dec 30, 2013 03:23 PM

              I use this even with Hendricks

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                cpdp4u Dec 30, 2013 04:51 PM

                to each his or her own I suppose

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              cpdp4u Nov 21, 2011 07:12 AM

              it is called Schweppes indian tonic water... where can I find that?

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                kpzoo Nov 21, 2011 07:15 AM

                Try calling Bramble House (Pointe-Claire) or Clarence & Cripps (Hudson). If they don't carry it maybe they can special-order it for you.

                http://www.bramblehouse.net/

                http://www.clarenceandcripps.com/

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                  cpdp4u Nov 21, 2011 08:08 AM

                  nice, thank you. I will check out those places, look like they have bitter lemon, which I am always looking for but can't see the tonic, will call. Thank you again.

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                    aouatif96 Dec 14, 2011 07:08 AM

                    you can buy them at 7354 rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal QC H2R 2N3 they got all of them nice price fever-tree drinks

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                      aouatif96 Dec 14, 2011 07:08 AM

                      the phone number is 514-273-6845 of fruiterie california

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                  cpdp4u Nov 21, 2011 06:56 AM

                  Fever-Tree, Stirrings and even the Schweppes you can get that is from the UK, not the standard one you get at Super C or Deps... you know the one? Where can you get these? I already have places to Q tonic but can't find the others.... anyone know where to get those?

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                    TheSnowpea Nov 24, 2011 06:27 PM

                    You can find Fever Tree on occasion at the Rocky Montana on Sherbrooke in NDG!

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                    foodie_mtl Apr 16, 2009 05:57 AM

                    I bought some Q Tonic from Anbrosia under Simons (in the walkway between Les Cours Mont Royal and Montreal Trust). They are 2.99$/bottle! A high price to pay for quality.

                    Q Tonic is also available at Bio Terre on St Viateur just east of Parc.
                    Whats nice is that they also carry larger bottles (I think 1L) and they sell for 10.99$/bottle

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                      davidpg Apr 14, 2009 09:17 AM

                      Boucherie Chez Vito (corner Fairmount and St. Urbain)sells both the large and small bottles. I saw them there last week.

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                        johnnyboy Apr 3, 2009 05:58 PM

                        I like Hendrick's, but in a way it's a bit wasted when put in a G&T - the subtlety of the flavors get lost in there.

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                          rcianci Apr 4, 2009 05:47 AM

                          There's a discussion of good cocktails made with Hendrick's here.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3891...

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                            sitruc999 Jan 7, 2012 12:14 PM

                            Hendricks is my favorite for martinis just for that reason, but oh my, it is smooth and delicious.

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                            CocoBean Apr 1, 2009 12:22 PM

                            When out for cocktails in Montreal, I know that Q Tonic is offered at the following establishments: Joe Beef and Liverpool House, Kaizen Sushi, L'Orignal, and Burgundy Lion. Cheers!

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                              sirrom Apr 1, 2009 10:33 AM

                              If you go to their web site qtonic.com you can find where to shop for q tonic in the availibilty section.

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