TOMR’s Tonic Syrup

TOMR’S

Artisan Tonic Water Syrup

Those who attended the tonic tasting last year at the Graphic Bar, London will recall our “wildcard” tonic, John’s Tonic Syrup. I thought that this a rather interesting innovation and  reviewed it here. So imagine my (pleasant) surprise when I recently came across another tonic syrup from the US: Tomr’s Handcrafted Tonic from Tom’s Handcrafted Artisanal Elixirs in New Jersey, USA.

Tomr’s Tonic was the result of a perceived gap in the market for a top-quality tonic water to accompany high-end gins. This is a similar story to other boutique brands, such as Vya vermouth.

Tomr’s Tonic, like John’s, comes in the form of a syrup, which means that it lasts longer, is easier to ship and alleviates any concern of the tonic water going flat. It comes in a hipflask-esque glass bottle with a wine-red wax seal.

The Taste
I decided to taste the tonic syrup with soda, in a Gin & Tonic and in a GT Turbo (a compacted Gin & Tonic served at Purl in Marylebone).

L:R GT Turbo, TOMRs Tonic Bottle, TOMR Gin & Tonic, TOMR Plain Tonic Water, Broker’s 47% was today’s gin of choice.

Tonic Water

On its own, the tonic water was quite tart with a good level of bitterness, but also a juicy and fruity rounded flavour, some sweetness and a little spice, perhaps cinnamon. I thought that it was a little reminiscent of fruit pastilles. Certainly not your run-of-the-mill tonic water, but very good.

Gin & Tonic

The fruit and spice in this tonic go really well with the gin (I used Broker’s) and I can imagine it going well with New Western Gins, such as Death’s Door & Aviation. It produces a very flavourful drink and, although stylised, it is still obviously a Gin & Tonic; dry and bitter on the finish.

GT Turbo (created by Purl)

Gin, Tonic Syrup, Lime Juice, Orange Bitters – shake with ice.

Quite a smooth and soft cocktail; the fruit notes of the tonic syrup go well with the citrus juice and the juniper and citrus of the gin, resulting in another very pleasant drink and another great way to enjoy the syrup.

TOMRs Tonic is available from http://www.tomshandcrafted.com/tonic.html

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One thought on “TOMR’s Tonic Syrup

  1. I really liked this syrup a lot. And in fact, sometimes get cravings for this specific gin and tonic. It’s a Gin and Tonic, sure. But although it technically is, the taste is wholly unlike anything else. Truly a new cocktail unto itself!

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