Fever-Tree to launch tonic inspired by historic navy recipe

Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic

The Fever-Tree tonic range is to be extended in July with a new product inspired by a historic recipe used by the Royal Navy in the 19th century.

Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic is made with high-quality angostura bark extract sourced from South America as part of a balance of flavours including classic quinine.

It can be used to make a Pink G&T or enjoyed as a sophisticated soft drink on its own. It was previewed at Fever-Tree’s World Gin Day pop-up on London’s South Bank earlier this month.

Founders Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow delved deep into early references of tonics and discovered medical records of British Navy surgeons prescribing angostura bark as a fever remedy or “tonic” in the early 19th century.

They include British naval commander Captain Matthew Flinders who in 1814 published A Voyage to Terra Australis, an account of his expeditions to Australia from 1801 to 1803. He cited an extract of angostura bark being used in fever remedies prescribed by the naval surgeons as an alternative or supplement to the long-known anti-fever prescription of cinchona bark, or quinine – the inspiration for today’s tonic waters.

Like this early tonic, Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic has a distinctive rosé-like pink hue from the angostura bark extract – similar to how Angostura Bitters are used to create a classic Pink Gin.

With subtle aromas of spice and fresh citrus, the gentle bitterness of angostura bark is balanced by the sweet, spicy flavours of various ingredients including cardamom from Guatemala, pimento berry from Jamaica and ginger from Cochin.

This combination is rounded off with Fever-Tree’s signature quinine from the Congo, Tanzanian bitter orange and soft spring water to provide a refreshing aromatic flavour with a clean, dry finish.

The Aromatic Tonic pairs perfectly with bold, juniper-heavy gins and adds to Fever-Tree’s portfolio of pioneering tonic waters which now cover the four main flavour profiles of citrus, floral, herbal and aromatic.

For the perfect serve and a modern twist on a Pink Gin, Fever-Tree recommends mixing its Aromatic Tonic with Plymouth Gin – or Plymouth Navy Strength Gin for the more historical combination – over ice in a highball glass, garnished with lemon zest.

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