Sicilian Lemon Tonic
Sicilian Lemon Tonic is our name for Bitter Lemon. One of the most sophisticated mixers invented, this delicious drink has been ignored by the major drinks companies for years and many now have no idea what it is or how to drink it. By blending the highest quality Sicilian lemon oils with our signature quinine from the Congo, we've restored the taste and quality of this fantastic mixer.
How to enjoy
Our 200ml range (found in packs of 4 bottles) is the perfect size for a single serve, either to be added to a spirit, or to be enjoyed as a sophisticated long drink on its own.
- The natural lemons create a translucent liquid that is pale yellow in colour.
- A burst of fresh lemons hits you as you open the bottle.
- The soft, subtle and supportive lemon notes are balanced by the bitterness of natural quinine to give a refreshingly crisp flavour. The finish is clean with none of the usual cloying mouth feel of other bitter lemons.
- High carbonation delivers the aromas and taste in a classic refreshing style.
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Quinine is the key ingredient, and the essential bitterness, in tonic water. The brand name Fever-Tree was chosen as it is the colloquial name for the cinchona tree, the bark of which produces quinine. After much research, a specific type of fever tree plantation (known as cinchona Ledgeriana) located on the Rwanda/Congo border, was found to be producing the purest quinine in the world. For Charles and Tim, there was no other option but to source Fever-Tree's quinine from this plantation - the only drinks company to be doing so. Read more about Tim's trip out to the Congo in the 'Latest' section.
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'Sfumatrice' lemon extracts
Some of the world's finest lemons grow on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, extracts of which are used in some of our tonic waters and also in our Sicilian Lemonade. To extract the high quality oils from the skin of the lemons, Sfumatrice equipment is used to gently hand press the lemons - normally a process reserved for the perfume industry. Again, we are the only drinks company to be using such a high quality extract.
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Unlike most mixers and soft drinks on the market today which contain saccharine or aspartame, our products are sweetened with only natural sugars. In our regular products we use cane sugar and in our Naturally Light products we use fruit sugar. These natural sweeteners create a fuller mouth-feel with none of the cloying aftertastes associated with cheaper, artificial alternatives.
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Soft Spring Water
We use the very best quality natural spring water from a source in rural Staffordshire. With a low mineral content, this water is very soft, thus ensuring that our drinks are subtle in their taste and clean in their finish. High carbonation is a vital component of any mixed drink which is why we carbonate our products to an exceptionally high level. By using small, perfect bubbles we have been able to create an even smoother finish to our drinks. The smaller bubbles, combined with the viscosity created by using natural sugars, means that all of our drinks stay carbonated for longer - crucial when you are mixing them with spirits.
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Sloe Gin & Lemon Tonic
- Sicilian Lemon Tonic
- Sloe Gin of your choice
- Fresh Ice
- Slice of fresh lemon
Fill a coppa glass with ice to the top. Pour in 50ml of sloe gin (such as Sipsmith or Haymans). Add Fever-Tree Sicilian Lemon Tonic, from a fresh bottle. Drop in a slice of lemon to finish. Stir and enjoy!
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- Sicilian Lemon Tonic
- Fresh orange juice
- Fresh Ice - at least 4 big cubes. Clear cubes from spring water if possible.
- Lemon - a curl of the rind
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour over a splash of fresh orange juice. Then top up with Fever-tree Lemon Tonic/Bitter Lemon form the fridge, and garnish with a curl of lemon peel or wedge of orange.