Q Tonic, which is based in in Brooklyn, was light and crisp, and really delicious even when drunk straight. It has 60% fewer calories than the usual high-fructose sweetened stuff, since it is sweetened just with a "touch of agave."
• Read more: Q Tonic websiteThe other two companies who are making tonic water that I met at the show were Fentiman's and Fever Tree. Fentiman's is a company primarily based in England. The Fentiman's at the show, though, was an American branch licensed to sell Fentiman's wonderful traditional sodas (ginger beer, shandy, Victorian lemonade, dandelion and burdock soda). I am a big fan of Fentiman's, even though I usually don't drink soda at all. Their "botanical" sodas are delightful. Their tonic water was crisp, but not as light as Q Tonic's. It was extra-fizzy, and very bright, with lemongrass and juniper.
• Read more: Fentiman's website
Last but not least, Fever Tree, another English brand, is also in the boutique tonic water area. Their tonic water tasted most heavily of citrus, to me, and it also was well-carbonated. It had a lingering bitter aftertaste (I liked this) and it also was light years beyond the usual tonic water brands.
• Read more: Fever Tree website
Have you tried any of these boutique tonic water brands? What did you think?
(Images: Faith Durand)