Q: What’s the fastest way to ruin a cocktail and get a hangover?
A: Cheap tonic. It is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, and just destroys a cocktail. Not to mention that sugar + alcohol = the fastest way to get a hangover. Alcohol already spikes your blood sugar, and add to that all that syrupy sweetness and it sends your metabolism into overdrive, depleting your supplies of vitamin B and giving you a headache to end all others.
Solution: Q Tonic water. Not only does it taste exceptionally clean and fresh with just a touch of pleasant bitterness and subtle sweetness, but it uses all-natural ingredients such as Peruvian quinine and organic Mexican agave nectar as a sweetener. But here’s the clincher: it has 60% less sugar than regular tonic water (and almost 80% less than Schwepps tonic)!
We picked some up at Surfas in Culver City a few weeks ago, but have seen it at Larchmont Wine & Spirits, and behind the bar at Osteria Mozza and Hungry Cat. We got the 750ml bottle with the Champagne cork because, let’s face it, we knew were going to finish it—plus I’m magnetically drawn to anything with a Champagne cork. However, it’s also available in 4-packs of 187ml bottles with crown caps. Yep, it’s spendy at around $10/bottle (ditto for 4-pack), but is just plain fantastic in a gin or vodka tonic, and just as soon as I can get my hands on some good strawberries, I plan to try using it to riff off one of my all-time faves, the Pimms Cup.