Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic - 12.5cl
The vibrant colour seen in the Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic bottle is made by adding carrot and hibiscus concentrates, allowing the already pinkish hue to pop resplendently in an all-natural way on the shelf. Despite its loud colour though, it has its subtleties and is a good match to most gins.
To nose the zingy citrus isn’t as pronounced as the colour would suggest. The same is apparent to taste, where the more juicy elements of pink grapefruit become more evident. The grapefruit oil ensures a rich, bold texture, whilst the juniper presence prevents this from strolling too far off the beaten path.
It’s a great tonic to work with for all three of the “main decisions” drinkers face come G&T time – it accentuates a citrus forward gin (and if doing so, consider using a rosemary sprig or herb as a garnish to balance it out), it compliments a classic gin in that it provides an added edge upfront but leaves space for the gin to emerge, while it can contrast a spiced gin like Ophir or Isle of White Mermaid Gin by giving them some much needed levity upfront.
As a rule of thumb, consider using this instead of citrus garnish, as opposed to in addition to, but obviously, doubling down on citrus in some occasions can be brilliant!