Use new Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup for homemade tonic waters and cocktails

Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup

American Beverage Marketers, leading specialists in the cocktail ingredient category, have worked with drinks industry expert Giuseppe Gallo to create Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup.

Under development for almost two years, and inspired by the original formula of the Dutch West India Company, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup can be used as a base for homemade tonic waters or added to cocktails to create an elegant bitterness.

Capitalising on the worldwide trend for the gin and tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup has been developed in response to demand from bartenders for a cocktail ingredient that allows them to consistently make their own tonic water.

Transparent in colour with a light golden hue, it is less sweet than pre-made tonic waters, and the natural flavourings allow the flavour profile of the gin or spirit it is paired with to shine through.

After researching original tonic recipes dating back to the 1600s, Bon Vivant is made using natural quinine from cinchona bark of the highest quality, sourced from the Congo, lemons from California and Argentina and sweetened with real cane sugar.

The final product is a complex mixture that introduces a fine bitterness to any cocktail, and a great pairing with the botanical of the finest Gins in the world.

Why should you use Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup?

  • Closest recipe to original Dutch West India Company’s
  • High quality, consistent and readily available to bartenders
  • Cost effective
  • Sustainability and infusion
  • Versatility
  • Enables serve creativity and total uniqueness.

Giuseppe Gallo comments: “We are very excited to be launching Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup to the on-trade, especially at a time when we have seen a trend for lower-ABV cocktails gain traction, as well as a more considered approach to alcohol-free offerings.

“Customers’ palates are also becoming more sophisticated with a return to classic cocktails such as the Negroni and bitter aperitivo-style drinks, and the gin boom doesn’t show any signs of slowing.

“We have designed Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup in the hope that bartenders will be able to offer a more unique, authentic tonic water option, as well as opening up new flavour profile opportunities in mixed drinks.”

Bon Vivant Tonic Syrups

In a gin and tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup works particularly well with London Dry gins that have a strong juniper note. However, the amount can be adjusted to accommodate different botanical profiles across the gin category. It also works well with different spirits and liqueurs, with recommended serves including amaro and tonic, vermouth and tonic and Italicus and tonic. As a cocktail ingredient it can be used in sour classics such as an Aviation or White Lady instead of sugar, and there is the opportunity for bartenders to experiment with their own infusions and serves.

The Perfect G&T
Pour 30ml of Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup, 90ml of soda water and 30ml of gin into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

In a syphon pour 1 part Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup, 3 parts filtered water. Charge to make tonic water. Option to create a tonic foam in a cream syphon.

Create your own bespoke infusion in the Tonic Syrup bottle. Add in the ingredient of your choice – think lemongrass, chilli, vanilla pods, grapefruit peel – and allow to infuse for 48 hours. Pour 30ml of infused Tonic Syrup, 90ml of soda water, for a tonic or add the desired amount into cocktails.


Gin Tonico
50ml London Dry Gin
75ml Homemade Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup
(option with infusion of choice)

Cat’s Pyjamas
50ml Gin
20ml Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup
20ml Lime cordial
15ml Lemon juice
10ml Grapefruit juice
Top with rose lemonade
Shake ingredients and pour into glass. Top with rose lemonade and garnish with grapefruit peel.

Smokey Sour
40ml Bourbon whiskey
15ml Mezcal
25ml Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup
10ml Fresh lemon juice
Egg white
Shake and serve in a coupette glass with a chunk of ice and garnish with a pomelo twist.

For more information, please contact Cellar Trends at or 01283 217 703.

Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup Salvatore Calabrese

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