Having been around for over 100 years, Fentimans certainly know a thing or two about making intriguing drinks.
They started in 1905, when Thomas Fentiman was given a recipe for Ginger Beer as collateral for a loan. The loan was never repaid, and the recipe became his. He made the beer and sold it door to door.
He must have been pretty glad the loan was never paid back, because his products proved to be hugely popular, and they still are today.The company is also still owned by his family.
Fentimans don’t just make regular soft drinks, instead they create drinks with a twist on the usual, making something completely unique. They do this by infusing ginger and other botanicals into their drinks, essentially crafting typical soft drinks with a bit more interest.
They refer to this as botanical brewing, which is a tradition that came about long before even Fentimans were around.
Today they produce a wide range of products, including soft drinks, craft beer, mixers, pre-mixed cocktails and syrups. Their products are still massively popular and sell well across the globe.
Some of their most interesting products are their Tonic and Light Tonic. These make for the ideal companion to any Gin.
Gin itself is made using various botanicals, and the botanicals in Fentimans Tonic and Light Tonic create a taste sensation no matter what Gin you’re using.
Both are made with similar recipes. The Tonic itself has lemongrass and herbs in it that give it a crisp and clean flavour.
These are refreshingly bright Tonics that enhance the flavour of any Gin you add them to.
They are heavy on the citrus and have lots of lemon and lime notes, making them the ideal companion for a Gin with a similar flavour profile.
The best thing about Fentimans is that they treat their drinks like most distillers treat their spirits, with lots of love, care and attention. The attention to detail that goes into making Fentimans means they are brimming with flavour and go perfectly with rich and well-crafted Gins.