Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
1:04 PM 15th October 2019

Mark G&T Day With Award-winning Yorkshire Tonic

This Saturday (19 October) is International Gin and Tonic Day and there’s no better way to mark the occasion than with a Yorkshire Gin mixed with a Yorkshire Tonic.

Award-winning Raisthorpe Manor produces a range of dry and fruity gins at its distillery on the Yorkshire Wolds from where it has recently launched its iconic Yorkshire Tonic brand.

For G&T Day, combine one of Raisthorpe’s seasonal Sloe or Damson gins with one of its fruity Yorkshire Tonics – choose from pink grapefruit – winner of two coveted Gold Stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards - strawberry and pomegranate; citrus; or apple and elderflower.

Or keep your G&T classic and traditional by opting for Raisthorpe’s Distilled Yorkshire Dry Gin or Oak Aged Yorkshire Dry Gin with a Yorkshire Tonics premium or skinny mixer.

Yorkshire Tonics are unique in being blended using quassia rather than quinine which Raisthorpe operations director Oliver Medforth says delivers a slightly less bitter flavour.

Oliver says:
“Most tonics include quinine for historical reasons but we prefer to use quassia which is a lesser-known, more natural product and is not quite as bitter. It enables the sharp, crisp flavours of our tonics to shine through without overpowering the gin.”

Quassia comes from the shrub Quassia Amara and as an extract is used as a flavouring substitute to quinine which used to be a common treatment for malaria.

The mixers are made by blending the quassia with local water and natural citrus and fruity botanicals. Raisthorpe’s gins are also distilled using Yorkshire Wolds spring water.

Raisthorpe was established more than 10 years ago. The company produces a range of gin and gin liqueurs as well as vodkas, whiskies and ports.