“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Soft Drink „
We've just recently had a large house party, and as such we had lots of drinks and cocktails flowing all night. I did want to try and keep the food and drink costs down slightly as they were in danger of spiralling out of all control, and so in the weeks beforehand I was trying out cheaper versions of various products.
One of the products that I tried was the Sainsburys Basics Diet Indian Tonic Water.
We needed tonic water as a mixer for many of the drinks and cocktails for the party. When guests come to a party they tend to bring wine or beers, or even a bottle of sprits. No-one really brings mixers, it's kind of the hosts job to have the mixers in. I do normally buy Schweppes Slimline Tonic Water, however when I was shopping in Sainsburys and was comparing prices I realised that I'd be spending a small fortune on tonic water alone, as Schweppes was £1.15 per bottle compared to just 37 pence per bottle for the Sainsburys basics tonic water.
I decided to buy a couple of bottles to try out before the party and if it was ok then to stock up on this instead, especially as I could get 3 bottles of Sainsburys Basics tonic water for the price of just 1 bottle of Schweppes.
This is a 1 litre bottle, and it costs just 37 pence per bottle. It contains just 3 kcal per 250ml glass.
We tried this tonic water out with a number of different spirits; gin, vodka, flavoured vodkas, and as a mixer in cocktails. Unfortunately I have to say that it wasn't actually very nice with any of drinks that we paired it with. I personally really didn't like it, however my husband said that it wasn't too bad and that he didn't mind drinking it. He did say that he could taste the difference though and that Schweppes is much nicer, but for the price he would buy it again. I thought that it really was that bad, and I really didn't want to drink it again.
I thought that it had a very distinctive and odd taste to it, which really seemed to overpower the spirit that you paired it with, and it also left quite an unpleasant aftertaste as well. It was slightly better when mixed with a few other ingredients in a cocktail, but even then you could still taste the odd tonic water taste coming through, just not quite as much as when paired with just the one spirit. The best description I can think of for the taste is a very chemically taste, it was really not pleasant at all.
The basics tonic water was really fizzy though so I can't fault it here. I can't comment as to how long it holds it fizz when stored in the fridge for as we used a 1 litre bottle each night over 2 nights, and so we didn't need to store any opened tonic water for any length of time.
I can't say that I was impressed at all with this basics tonic water, I didn't end up buying any more for the party, and I certainly won't be buying it again. My husband might if he goes shopping on his own, but then he'll then be drinking it on his own as well! It was really cheap at just 37 pence, and I'm sure that some people will actually like this, as my husband ddin't really mind it, but it's not for me.
A few years ago I had a bad case of flu and was quite ill. I used to like my drink, especially lager and now and then a brandy but while ill I went off all drinks except hot chocolate and water. For a few months after this is all I drunk but I didnt enjoy going to the pub as I didnt want an alcoholic drink anymore but lemonade and coke tasted far too sweet for my liking. Then the lady behind the bar suggested I try a tonic water with ice and lemon. I cn honestly say I had never tried tonic before but thought I would give it a try and realy enjoyed it.
Next time we went shopping I looked to buy some to have at home but the big name brands were very expensive for what is practically a bottle of water but then I noticed the Basic Diet Tonic Water in Sainsburys and though I would try it.
I must say that it is much nicer than the more expensive brand, doesnt give such a funny after taste and is so refreshing when you are really thirsty. I like to have it in a tall glass with lots of ice and if I have some fresh lemons then I have a slice of that as well.
I can honestly say I don't miss the alcohol these days and am quite happy with my tonic water even if I do get through quite a few bottles, usually one of these large bottles a day.
I do like tonic water and I particularly love it with my tipple of choice which is gin! Yep it's Mothers ruin all the way for me and I love the stuff!
The other day I had the gin, I had the lime on standby as well but I'd ran out of tonic so off I trotted to my local Sainsbury's. I always buy quite decent and expensive tonic waters as I think it's an integral mixer really but I saw this on sale for 10p a bottle and saw a woman loading her trolley with them so I grabbed a couple of them shocked at the price and felt inquisitive!
1 litre see-through bottle with white plastic screw on/off cap to the top of it. Round the middle of the bottle there is a white and orange sticky label and on that I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Diet Indian Tonic Water 'No fancy packaging, no less fizz' and that it only contins natural flavours and is suitable for Vegans and vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional pye chart shown. On the back of the bottle I'm again told what it is, full nutritional information is given, ingredients and safety advice is listed, I'm told how to store it, the best before date is clearly stamped on, size is stated, contact details for Sainsburys are given and finally the bar-code is shown. This bottle is economy looking but it's the drink that counts and this has all of the information on it you could possibly need to know!
The Drink Itself....
Really, flipping horrible. Clear and fizzy it's very sour in flavour, goes flat almost immediately and in my view is far to sweet with too many sweeteners in it. If that wasn't enough it even smells strange.... of flowers and that in itself is off-putting! It just simply isn't nice and leaves a nasty after-taste which is bitter and hard to get rid of! Basically it made me more thirsty and ruined my glass of gin. Drank alone it's just as vile. You get what you pay for and this is really rubbish and there's not alot else I have to say on the matter lol!
Nutritional Information....Per 250ml glass....
Saturated Fat: Nil
Only available in Sainsburys but avoid it at all costs lol.