Scotland’s first-ever tonic water, produced in small batches on a family farm, has been launched by Summerhouse Drinks.
Walter Gregor’s Tonic is made by combining quinine from cinchona bark with citric acid and a combination of botanicals, which create a refreshing mixer, ideal for serving with gin. It comes in 200ml bottles.
It is named after Walter Gregor, a Victorian minister who served the historic parish of Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire, where Summerhouse Drinks is based. The garden of the manse, where Walter Gregor lived and worked, is being brought back to life to grow key botanicals for the new tonic water.
Claire Rennie, managing director of Summerhouse Drinks, said: “We’re so excited to have launched Scotland’s first-ever tonic. There’s a renaissance of gin drinking in Scotland and indeed the rest of the UK and we look forward to offering a Scottish alternative to the tonics already available.”
The tonic water complements Summerhouse Drinks’ existing range, which includes the tangy and traditional Misty Lemonade, Scottish Raspberry Lemonade, Hint O’Mint made with infused natural mint, and Lavender Lemonade, a subtle and aromatic flavoured lemonade infused with lavender flowers.
Available in 250ml and 750ml bottles, the products are 100% natural with no artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. They have a shelf life of over 12 months.
Dating back to January 2014, Summerhouse Drinks has sold its products from a van at events and trade shows, supported by crowd-funding.