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Tonic water

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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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        1. re: johnnyboy

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


          1. re: johnnyboy

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

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

            1. 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

              1. 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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                1. re: cpdp4u

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

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

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                  1. re: cpdp4u

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



                    1. re: kpzoo

                      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.

                      1. re: cpdp4u

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

                        1. re: cpdp4u

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

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

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                      1. re: Professional_Amateur

                        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

                        1. 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. 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.


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                            1. re: Maximilien

                              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

                              1. re: Maximilien

                                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.