If you’re wondering why I’m comparing different types of tonic water; it’s because Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Burgers and hotdogs on the grill, sunny afternoons by the pool, and maybe some adult beverages to make good things even better. It’s truly a magical time of the year where some nights may be forgotten, but memories are definitely made.
Is there any drink more symbolic of the carefree blur of summer than the classic gin and tonic? Some might think so. Maybe they’ll mention a fruity cocktail or citrusy beer, but they’d be wrong. Fancy colors and flavors can never replace a classic mixed drink, and the gin and tonic is as classic as it gets.
Personal bias aside, tonic water is an incredibly versatile mixer that finds its way into many irresistible summer staples. It’s unique in many ways, from its slightly bitter taste to its roots in medicine (seriously, it was used to treat malaria—who knew), tonic water is an absolute must to have on-hand when drinks are involved.
The natural question, unless you’re still stuck on the malaria thing, is what tonic waters are best? For your answer to that age-old question, we’ve compiled a list with more information than you’ll ever need breaking down exactly which tonic waters are best and why. We already wrote about the best gin glasses as well as our favorite & best rhubarb gin brands, now it’s time to talk about the tonic water.
So whether you’re looking for the best tonic water for vodka or the best tonic water for a gin & tonic, read on!
I love whiskey. I always have. In fact, I suppose I’m more obsessed with whiskey then Vim could ever be about wine. And it’s not just different types of whiskies. I love all the trinkets, accessories & glassware that go with it. I must have the best whiskey glasses always and I must stock an array of whiskey. Not just scotch, but more recently a large amount of Japanese whiskey. Having worked in the whiskey trade for a number of years, it became more than a passion.
And yet, somehow, whilst taking it all in, I managed to stay less serious about it all. Living in HK, we’ve always added our own twist to things. Let me give you an example, as an expat living here, I was shocked when I saw people put ice into high end clarets and / or mixing it with coke.
I’m obsessed with red wine glasses. Ever since I first drank wine from a Riedel glass, my world changed forever. This led me to try more and more brands and to this day, I constantly fall in and out of love with my Riedel in favor of Zalto. And vice versa. But I love my glasses. Mrs 12 goes crazy that my 2 favorite wine decanters, my wine glasses, my champagne flutes take up so much space in her kitchen. And don’t even get me started about my favourite whiskey glasses; Mrs 12 hates those and purposely uses them for water.
When we fight she threatens to throw out my best red wine glasses. She knows exactly what to say and I love her for it.
But red wine glasses have become an obsession of mine. And you know why? It’s because it actually makes the wine taste better. It can take great wine and make it taste epic and it can take average wine and make it the best version of itself. And before you ask, yes, I did the Pepsi challenge with wine glasses.
I was blindfolded and told to try and taste the same wine from different glasses. That was the day that I discovered Riedel. Which not only led me to buy thousands of bucks worth of Riedel glassware but also drove me to seek an interview with Maximilian Riedel himself.