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Just the Tonic Water | Gin Diaries

July 6, 2016

When you think about gin, tonic springs to mind right?! Well most of us jump towards a tonic that merely adds nothing to their drink, but there are more ‘high end’ tonics out there now. These tonic waters are designed to compliment the gins they’re added too.

When I was out for World Gin Day I was lucky enough to be treated to a mini tonic water tasting at Atlas Bar. We were given a number of tonic waters designed to enhance the gins we were drinking. On World Gin Day I was trying a gin new to my collection, Langleys.

Tonic Water Tasting at Atlas Bar Manchester

Langleys Gin and Double Dutch Tonic

Double Dutch Tonic

Langleys is a London Gin made with a secret list of botanicals and is very easy to drink alone or with tonics and we did just that. The tasting involved trying Langleys with each type of tonic water. We started with a standard Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water, both the normal and low sugar versions. Both complimented the gin well, allowing the citrus flavours of the Langleys to come through and not be lost by the tonic. Overall Double Dutch is a wonderful tonic water, which I will be adding to my shopping list.

Cucumber and Watermelon Double Dutch Tonic

Pomegranate and Basil Double Dutch Tonic

Next up were the flavoured Double Dutch offerings, Cucumber and Watermelon and Pomegranate and Basil. I have to admit even though I can’t have cucumber I did try a bit of the former, but I felt it did not go with the gin well at all. Others on my table really liked it… Weirdos! I enjoyed the pomegranate and basil, I felt the basil complimented the citrus and peppery notes of Langleys quite well. I’ll have more of that too please.

We then moved back to non-flavoured tonics, with 1724 to try next, which is made from water sourced in the Andes at 1724m above sea level. I have to admit I’ve tried it before and very much enjoyed, so this combination went rather well for me. It is ‘just’ a tonic water, but it has a fresher feel compared to others.

1724 Tonic Water

Syndrome Tonic Water

Last but not least the wonderful Syndrome Indian Raw Tonic Water, which is made with real quinine, extracted from fever trees to give it that truly wonderful flavour. Quite a few of us seriously enjoyed the Syndrome Tonic Water and I really need to get some more for Mr W to try. If you can try it, I would seriously do so. It went well with the Langleys, but I can’t imagine a gin it not going with it was that lovely!

Are you a Gin and Tonic fan? Have you tried any of these before? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. We paid for our drinks in full, although the tonic tasting was part of World Gin Day at Atlas and we did not pay for these.

P.P.S. Atlas is located at 376 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LY.


  • Reply Amy July 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I love this post… It’s so true that we never really think about the taste of the tonic / mixer that we use! Your photos are great as per! Xx

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I believe the mixer is almost as important as the drink 😉

  • Reply Emily July 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    What an interesting post! Would be great to try all the different flavours.

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      They’re definitely worth trying if you like gin, they’d even go with vodka!

  • Reply ayse July 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I can’t stand tonic water, that’s why I’ve never been a gin drinker. I love the idea of flavoured tonic to add to it… I agree that cucumber doesn’t sound like it will be nice not what I’d expect to taste while having alcohol lol

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      The flavoured tonic is nice bar the cucumber, it’s a popular addition for gin but definitely not for me.

  • Reply Michelle July 7, 2016 at 5:09 am

    That’s interesting. I don’t drink alcohol or use tonic for anything, but it’s nice to have around since it glows in the dark XD

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Haha yes it does! I’ve seen a few mocktails with tonic in 🙂

  • Reply Cecilia Keinapel July 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I am not really a tonic person and I always go for things much sweeter like strawberry daiqurry etc. This however sounds quite nice, as another alternative to gin. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      This is an addition to gin in this case 😉 And the fruity tonics are sweet!

  • Reply Elsa Lee July 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I’m only just getting into Gin and Tonic and that’s mostly inspired by you! I’ve tried Double Dutch before and it’s quite pleasant on its own, I can imagine it goes well with certain gins to bring out the flavours!

    • Reply MissPond July 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Haha I’m glad you’re giving gin a chance! You should go to a tasting at Atlas 🙂

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