Leading soft drinks producer Luscombe Drinks has announced the launch of three new premium natural tonic waters.
Devon Tonic Water, Elderflower Tonic Water and Grapefruit Tonic Water are available in 20cl bottles, developed to complement the ongoing growth of craft spirits including gin.
Gabriel David, chairman and founder of Luscombe Drinks, said: “Given the phenomenal rise in craft spirits, we have had a number of requests from our trade customers for a range of super-premium tonics that will enhance – rather than compete with – the complex flavours of these artisan spirits.
“Using natural Devon spring water, we have developed tonic water recipes with very distinct yet subtle flavours. Furthermore, we have increased the carbonation, helping to maximise the flavours of the spirit for a truly delicious drinking experience.”
The traditional Devon Tonic Water is enhanced with the zingy citrus taste of Japanese yuzu, a rare and expensive citrus fruit that has three times more vitamin C than a lemon.
The Elderflower Tonic Water is infused with wild English elderflowers, hand-picked in full summer sunshine and pressed, resulting in a light floral tonic.
The third of the trio, the Grapefruit Tonic Water, uses high-quality pink grapefruit to create a delicate citrus tonic.
All three can be enjoyed served on their own or are recommended for pairing with one of the many craft gins and other premium white spirits on the market.
The Devon spring water helps to make the tonic waters crisp and refreshing as well as bringing out the individual characters of the spirits with which they are mixed.
Gabriel added: “We are also seeing an increase in the number of consumers ordering tonic water instead of the usual draught soft drinks. Tonics deliver a dryer, more complex flavour – and this range has been created too so that each flavour is delicious served on its own over crushed ice.”
The three new tonics, with a recommended price in retail of £1.20 per 20cl bottle, add to Luscombe Drinks’ existing range of 23 delicate bubblies, fruit crushes, juices, traditional soft drinks, ginger beers and a cider which have, to date, received 58 Great Taste Awards.