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Schweppes Indian Tonic Water
I enjoy having a nice gin and tonic every now and then and one of the nicer tonic waters is Schweppes Indian tonic water that is always served in bars and widely available in the shops.
Schweppes was founded in 1783 and has made a variety of flavours of successful soft drinks since. They are now owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Tonic water is said to be the oldest soft drink in the world, being originally made in 1771 and Schweppes is one of the most popular and well known varieties.
The Schweppes tonic water comes in many different forms, cans 150 ml, mini glass bottles 200 ml and larger plastic bottles 750 ml depending on where you are buying it. The packaging is white and yellow
with large Schweppes branding across it.
The drink is a carbonated water and contains quinine with sugar and sweetener. Quinine is what gives tonic water its unique and distinctive bitter taste, being a natural white crystalline alkaloid and apparently having fever-reducing, anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties. Though be warned that drinking this tonic water with copious amounts of gin will probably leave you with a painful head!
On opening a bottle of tonic water the fizz immediately hits you; it is a really intense fizzle and releases a fresh and slightly fragrant scent. You can really hear the bubble going into overdrive when you open this drink. The taste of this tonic is lovely and refreshing, both alone or mixed with a spirit - generally gin and/or vodka. It has quite a sharp and bitter taste to it but not in an unpleasant way and I find really compliments a good gin, especially with a big slice of lime thrown in. It is also rather sweet tasting and I find that it really quenches a thirst.
The full fat tonic version contains (per 150 ml) 33 calories, 7.7 g sugars and 0 g fat, saturates and salt. It is a healthier mixer option than sprite or coke and I think goes much nicer with a gin as it doesn't overwhelm or drown out the taste of the alcohol.
Overall the best tonic water on the market with lots of kick to it. Highly recommended :D
I am a regular drinker of Indian Tonic Water and usually stick to supermarket own brands - purely for the price. Schweppes Indian Tonic Water sells at around 89p in supermarkets - obviously dependant on where you shop. Supermarket own brands can go for 39p - 45p each, often with multibuy offers on. I also tend to stick to the slimline or diet versions as I do drink so much of the stuff!
I suffer quite badly with cramp and take Quinine tablets for this and out of habit more than neccessity I drink a glass of tonic water each night before bed. The levels of quinine in tonic water are now so low that I doubt it actually helps at all and it is more the tablets that keep my cramps at bay!
I drink Indian Tonic Water on its own and also as a mixer with Gin. It also makes a great mixer with Martini as I discovered a couple of weeks ago when I was out of lemonade (and Gin) but NEEDED a drink!
I would say that Indian Tonic Water has quite an unusual taste and you will either love it or hate it for its tanginess.
When I have purchased Schweppes I have always found that the contents keep the fizz well when stored at room temperature or in the fridge.
Some of the special edition bottles come with a spirit measure on top of the cap, which is handy if you really want to keep tabs on how much Gin you are drinking - me, I just pour!
Overall, I find Schweppes Indian Tonic Water to be a refreshing drink and a great mixer with spirit for a long drink. It holds its fizz well but I would not say that it was great value. I have drank many other supermarket brands and they are just as good.
Schwepps has been around for a long time, and in my opinion, you can't have a bombay tonic without a slimline tonic - its just wrong. Gin and tonic is a favourite generally - the fizz and sweet perfumey smell, cold icecubes and a wedge of lime - along with schwepps - make it.
However nice it may be, there are a few glaring problems with this product - the main one being how pricey it is. Supermarket own brand tonic waters are at least half the price of schwepps, if not even more so - the little bottles of schwepps can cost upwards of a pound, whereas the own brands are often going for 45p or less, so if you aren't fussy about taste, you might want to forgo schwepps in favour of something cheaper.
Another problem is the tiny little bottles - I know that they're single serving, but even so - I wouldn't get just a tiny serving of gin, so why should the tonic be any different?
That said, you can get the larger bottles, I just didn't realise it for a long time, so this isn't really too much of a complaint - this is a quality drink, with gin, vodka, or on its own (and I'm sure there are many more ways to drink it that I'm just not aware of).
Generally, if taste is a big issue for you, I would advise to use this, but if you're more of a price-concious person, go for a cheaper own brand, they are often pretty reasonable too.
We often drink vodka and tonic or gin and tonic in our house and for many years now we've been buying supermarket own brand tonic rather than the more expensive Schweppes. The own brand tonic usually costs around 45p a bottle and is often on offer as a buy 3 for a £1 so it's very inexpensive and until recently I'd have said there was no difference. It's just tonic water right?
The other night we ran out of tonic and I sent my other half to the supermarket to get some. He came back with a couple of bottles of Schweppes because the own brand stuff had sold out. Each 1 litre bottle cost 90p so it's twice the price of the supermarkets own brand.
Schweppes tonic water contains quinine which used to be used as a remedy against malaria but nowadays they put significantly less quinine into tonic water and it's purely for the taste. Anyone hoping to avoid malaria jabs don't!
We always buy the slimline version of tonic water and this has 4.5 calories per 250ml and not much else. This of course means your alcoholic drinks can be kept to a low calorie event, a shot of vodka or gin has about 50-60 calories in it.
The bottle has Schweppes across it in large letters and on the back a picture of a large gin and tonic topped with a slice of lime which looks really refreshing. According to some faint writing on the label Schweppes have been producing drinks since 1783. They also recommend you use Gordon's gin with the tonic so I assume they are something to do with that too!
So onto the product. When you open a bottle of any carbonated drink you get the "schhh" noise that Schweppes often use as their advertising slogan. I noticed this had a lot of fizz and made quite a bit of noise when I opened it but unlike the cheaper brands it didn't attempt to bubble over the top. It smells exactly the same as other brands but that's where the similarity ends.
The taste of Schweppes is so much better than the cheaper brands I'd forgotten just how much nicer it was. I can only describe it as being smoother and not as harsh, a milder flavour altogether that mixes better with vodka or gin. It really is so much tastier I'm going to go up a brand which is not something I usually do, particularly during a recession!
A few days later the product has retained it's fizz too, I opened it at the end of last week and I just opened it again and it's still making the "schh" noise whereas cheap brands lose their bubbles after a day or so and flat tonic water is just disgusting!
So overall it's more expensive than other brands but tastes so much better. If, like us, you've been on the cheap brands for a while buy yourself a bottle of this just to remind yourself how much tastier it is. Highly recommended.
Schweppes Indian tonic water contains quinine. In the days of the Raj, the officers and their ladies would be found on their verandahs, sheltering from the tropical sun and swigging back copious amounts of gin and tonic whilst discussing the shortcomings of the punkah wallah. The quinine was in there to counteract the devestations of malaria. So the gin and tonic was purely medicinal. (Yeah, right!)
I have to tell you though, it works! I often sit on my verandah in the North of England, sheltering from the snow and drinking my anti-malarial G+T and I have never been troubled with malaria! Not once! Pneumonia, yes, but never malaria!
It was first made in the 1870's so has been refreshing us for over 130 years. Schweppes is now owned by the Coca Cola company.
Schweppes Indian tonic water is refreshing on it's own but most of us like to dilute it's slightly bitter taste with a dash of something stronger. For me Bombay Saphire Gin is the best thing to water it down with.
It comes in a crystal clear plastic bottle with it's distinctive yellow label. Don't do what I did a while ago and try Morrisons Indian Tonic Water as a cheap substitute because it just isn't as good. It doesn't have the sharp tang that Scweppes has and the bubbles disappear too quickly.
If you open a bottle of Schweppes and keep the opened bottle in the fridge the drink will stay sparkling for up to a week. Cheaper brands tend to go flat sooner. Flat tonic water is only good for travel or morning sickness and not much else!
It can be bought in most supermarkets and off licenses. Beware of pubs that stock cheap alternatives as mixers. If you are going to take out a mortgage to buy a round of gin and tonics you need to know that they are going to taste right.
Schweppes tonic water is good mixed with fresh fruit juice as a refreshing drink on a hot day. The tonic water gives the pure juice a lift and the slight bitterness offsets the overall sweetness of the drink. It also makes slightly more interesting ice cubes too.
Did you know that you can freeze chunks of lemon and use those in your drinks if you don't want to dilute them with ice cubes?
A one litre bottle costs around £1.20 but can often be found on offer as two for the price of one at Tesco.
It can be drunk on it's own, with juice or as a mixer.
It is possible to buy Schweppes Tonic water flavoured with Lemon or pomegranate, there is a slimline version too. All the versions taste good to me but the pomegranate one seems to have disappeared lately.
It doesn't have many calories per serving. (None if you use the slimline version!) No fat, and no nuts!
Here's the proper list of nutritional values.
(per 1 oz serving)
Calories (kcal) 10
Energy (kj) 43
It make a lovely shushing sound when you open the bottle and you know that any minute now you are going to be refreshed!
I can guarantee that if you drink this and stay in Britain, you will never be troubled with malaria!