ITT: Barware, Cocktail Accessories, Bitters, etc. - Page 24
None of the Q products really impress me when compared to Fever Tree.
Club sodas tend to have mixtures of different 'salts' (not just plain old sodium chloride) and commonly, but more importantly, some type of bicarbonate as it is thought that the process of carbonization introduces a trace amount of carbonic acid which skews the pH and alters the flavor. Thus a pinch of sodium- or potassium bicarbonate cures that. I would venture to believe that it is this pH adjustment that you prefer. I've always just used Vintage seltzer without the modifiers but should really try a taste test.
I didn't really like the Q tonic that much either but I don't think it was that different from fever tree. Kinda want to try making tonic water at home. Morgenthaler had a recipe for it. Didn't seem too hard
What I am excited by is the Fall advent of the Death and Company cocktail book -- I love Death so this promises to be epic! (and hopefully better than the PDT book which I am also not really a fan of).
Nonetheless, I think I'm gonna order some cinchona and gentian root to prepare his tonic syrup recipe... that experiment would cost me about 20 € though if I'm not happy with the result since I have to order that stuff online. But at least I've tried it.
That blue blazer part and the part right next to it about the New Orleans drink was a big turn off tho. Should've edited that out. Not funny or entertaining and it really at least needs pictures to illustrate.
What can I say--prety good. It's a far richer taste than bottled tonic waters and also quite bitter (and much cheaper). This recipe needs a London dry gin, imo, to stand up to the tonic.
I removed the pith of the grapefruit peel but left it on the lemon peel, so this skewed the ratio a bit towards more grapefruit peel. I wasn't sure whether the pith was intended to add some bitterness so I left it on the lemon. Next batch I'll do it vice versa. My syrup also boiled a bit too much, I think. So that might be a reason for the strong bitterness--I like it, but it might be too much for some people.
The carbonation is a bit of a problem. I don't have a siphon (which would probably fix the issue but also double the price). It works, but might be too stale for some folks.