Back in 1825, British Army officers combined quinine, sugar and water to create a daily tonic. This was done to act as a malaria prophylaxis. Gin was later added to the mix to mask the strong and bitter taste of the quinine water.
189 years on, the quintessential gin and tonic has come a very long way. But not necessarily in a good way. The overly sweet citric acid soft drinks of our time have replaced genuine, traditional tonic water. These modern drinks completely mask the herbaceous aromas of premium gin and other spirits. In turn, manipulating the role that tonic water now plays in modern mixology.
But the most discerning patrons and barmen are demanding superior quality beverages to complement premium spirits. That’s why East Imperial is a collection curated like no other, with unparalleled quality and taste.
About the Yuzu Tonic
Yuzu, found during the cooler months in Northern Asia, particularly Japan, is an aromatic sweet citrus fruit. It has a distinct zesty flavour, often described as a hybrid between a mandarin and a Meyer lemon.
Yuzu knows its introduction to South East Asia at the turn of the last century, it brought a unique and exceptional citrus brightness. It was soon embraced by the more discerning cocktail drinker.
Based on a1903 recipe, Yuzu Tonic is the perfect way to bring a touch of the exotic to any mixed drink. We recommend pairing Yuzu Tonic with traditional London dry gins and citrus-forward spirits.
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