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Jul 10, 2008 11:01 AM

Fancy tonic waters?

Anyone know where I can get "artisinal" tonic water? I'd love a great gin and tonic at home, that's not made with Canada Dry/Schweppes!

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  1. There's a brand called Fever Tree that is really good....I've seen it at Food Emporium and Whole Foods in Manhattan....haven't found a source in Queens yet. There is another brand, I've seen at whole foods, that is really expensive, so I haven't tried it yet...$10 for 4 6 oz bottles. But I agree...Canada Dry is completely unacceptable, and Schweppes is OK, but is so much sweeter now than what I remember as a kid.......

    1. Stinky cheese shop on Smith St. has a brand of high end tonic water that I think was solid in 4 packs. I wish I could remember the name, but I've meant to try it.

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      1. re: Nehna

        Lenell's in Red Hook might have it.

        1. re: psnative

          Q Tonic is amazing. It's sweetened with agave nectar instead of sugar.... I don't think most people realize just how much sugar is in regular tonic water. And it has real natural quinine. I think that normal tonic has chemically synthesized quinine. This stuff is so much better than any other tonic I've ever had that it's almost a different beverage altogether.

          I believe they sell it at Whole Foods. Also at Marlowe and Sons in Williamsburg (they have another brand of fancy tonic there too, which I haven't tried). It's at Dean and Deluca in Soho, but costs so much more there that I just want to give them a good beating for being so uncool. enjoy it!

          1. re: apossibleworld

            I'm not positive, but I think that's the brand Stinky sells too, that I was referring to.

      2. Amazing isnt the word I would use for Q Tonic - more like flat. I have bought it from Stinky BKLN several times over the course of a year and while I dont mind the agave sweetener I do mind the low carbonation as half the reason I want a drink is for that texture. Maybe Stinkys batches are just flat but I dont think so. And it comes in two sizes that I know of.

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        1. re: Ljubitca

          Hmmm, I don't remember it being so flat that it bugged me, but to compare it to sparkling waters, perhaps it is more like Pellegrino than Perrier. I'll check it out next time I try it!