I discovered Fever Tree whilst having drinks at the W Hotel in Paris. Looking through the bar menu I remembered the advice of a good friend who happended to be an expert in Coganc degustation. “Try a cognac mixed with a splash of Ginger Ale”, he said. Even though I do not consider myself an expert in Coganc, the thought of diluting a grand Eau de Vie such as cognac seemed, well down right wrong, much akin to the annoying habit of the uninitiated plopping ice cubes into a Pommard for example. Nonetheless I braced myself for the experience and ordered a cognac and ginger ale. The drinks arrived and immediately I was intrigued by the small mixer bottle with the metallic and graphically astute label. My fascination with the Cognac mix had now shifted to just the mixer. I knew immediately that this was no ordinary libation.
What I had discovered was Fever Tree, brand of intelligent, artisanal, and exotic mixers and sodas launched in the UK in 2005 by Charles Rolls and Tim Warillow. Their experience in the premium spirits industry had led them to the question of why one would mix premium gins, vodkas, and whiskies with artificial, industrial mixers. The partners began developing the range which features globally sourced ingredients such as quinine from the Congo, Ginger from the Ivory Coast, Thyme and Rosemary from Provence, and Sicilian Lemons. The result is stunning. Bold and rich aromas that float effortlessly and engage the palate. What I also discovered is that these fine beverages are also amazingly refreshing and can be enjoyed solo as well as mixed back to your favourite spirits. Available mixers include: Tonic Water, a naturally light Tonic Water, Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, Lemonade and their latest creation, a Mediterranean Tonic which blends the most authentic strain of quinine and the finest lemon oils from Sicily as well as thyme, geranium, rosemary and mandarin.
Fever Tree mixers are served in 7 out of 10 top restaurants internationally and available here in Beverly Hills at Spago, SLS, and The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. To spice up your next cokctail party, Fever Tree may also be purchased at Whole Foods on North Crescent Drive. For more information, visit the Fever Tree website for cocktail recipes and more details.