Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fentimans Tonic Water


Charlie and I have been on a quest to completely knock high fructose corn syrup out of our diets. Sometimes this is easy: don't buy Gatorade, drink water; always read labels; eat whole foods.
We cook a lot of our food from scratch and enjoy the process so that helps tremendously. However, there has been one product we haven't been able to find without high fructose corn syrup. Tonic. I love a super-cold vodka tonic with a slice of lime. There really is no equal (or substitute) for that particular drink. Charlie and I tried to fake our way past the HFCS problem by creating a new drink, but club soda and extra lime just really don't cut it.
SO, when we found Fentimans Tonic Water this weekend we were overjoyed. The ingredient list includes actual sugar. Wonder of wonders! We stumbled upon Fentimans while perusing Belly General Store, a wonderful gourmet food and coffee shop in our neighborhood. They had the tiny bottles of chilled tonic snuggled in with other gourmet sodas. We snatched two bottles, purchased them, and took them home to try.
Boy was I impressed! The flavor does not even compare to other tonic I've tried. It's so crisp, clean, and natural. Even with Smirnoff vodka (reputable but not top shelf) it was easily the best vodka tonic I've ever had. So, problem solved, right? Wrong. The adorable bottles contain 125 ml of tonic -- enough for one drink. At $2.76 a pop they're just too expensive for casual use. I checked online to see if I could order a case at a discount rate, but it seems that this option is currently only available in the UK. Too bad! For now it will have to be a special occassion drink, and I'll continue searching for another brand that uses sugar.
Belly is the only place I know of in Atlanta that carries Fentimans. If you live in town and enjoy tonic you should really do yourself a favor and pick up a few bottles. They are expensive but also delicious!



  1. Hey Kasie! Came across your blog post, as I'm a big Fentimans fan myself. Gin and Tonic has always been my drink of choice and after having it with a natural tonic instead of the high fructose corn syrup stuff, I knew I could never go back!

    Just wanted to let you know that you CAN buy the Fentimans online (I think it's a recent thing)- KegWorks has it for $1.99 a bottle but if you buy more than 24, you get it for $1.80 a bottle - here's the link:


    Hope that helps! Good luck in your quest for a healthier lifestyle and better cocktails!

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