Famous Gloucestershire farm, Daylesford Organic, has created the first organic tonic water manufactured in the UK – and two new spirits to enjoy it with.
The new organic tonic waters come in four flavours – light, cucumber, wild elderflower and Damascena rose – and are made with dandelion instead of quinine, which Daylesford describes as ‘the most natural and organic bittering agent’ offering ‘an earthy aroma, bittersweet taste and smooth mouthfeel’.
The tonic waters are lower in sugar than the current market-leading brands, too.
Daylesford has also created two new spirits: organic fig leaf gin, infused with bergamot, gorse and herbs, inspired by the gardens and wildflower meadows of the Cotswolds countryside surrounding the farm; and organic hop vodka, distilled with handpicked hops, rosemary and thyme, promising a ‘leafy green scent’.
The tonic waters are all made and bottled in small batches on Daylesford’s family farm in Devon, while both the fig leaf gin and hop vodka are distilled in small batches in Cornwall.
Careful thought has even gone into the bottles, which are made in Scotland from 20 per cent recycled glass and are both reusable and recyclable. The labels have a bespoke design from British artist, Hugo Guinness, featuring illustrations of a garden scene including fig leaves and hops.
Daylesford recommends pairing its organic fig leaf gin with a dash of Gimber and its organic Damascena rose tonic water to make a Rose and Ginger Spritz, or with its wild elderflower tonic, fresh raspberries, strawberries, mint and crushed black pepper for a Berry and Mint G&T.
While for the hop vodka, it recommends mixing with rhubarb and vanilla syrup, lemon juice and light tonic water for a Rhubarb and Lemon Fizz, or lemon juice, elderflower, cucumber tonic and fresh strawberries, raspberries and cucumber to make a Garden Summer Cooler.
With a premium price tag, the fig leaf gin and hop vodka are both £45 per bottle, while the tonic waters are priced from £1.49 per bottle and are available directly from Daylesford.