Gin&Tonic Botanical's

Welcome to Te Tonic, infusions for cocktails; gin&tonic, vodka and rum. Te Tonic is a combination of botanicals, herbs, teas and spices in special  pyramid-shaded silk pouches, which impregnate each Gin and Tonic or Vodka and Tonic for the perfect blend.

Choose your favourite combination, leave it for a few minutes as the flavours mingle, drawing their full aromas and enjoy the Te Tonic experience.

Here we present some of the main ingredients of the infusions of Gin Tonic & Te Tonic.

 

Cardamom

(Elettaria cardamomum)

Part of the Zingiberaceae family, it originates from Southern India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam.  Guatemala is home to the finest quality cardamom producers. It is grown to produce pods which contain the plant's seeds. They are green in colour and oval-shaped. This bush produces highly aromatic fruits, which are slightly hot to the taste. For use when cooking, the seeds must be gathered before ripe and they are then dried and cleaned. Among its properties, it aids digestion and stimulates the appetite. It has a lingering taste and produces a warm feeling.

 

Cinnamon

(Cinnamomum zeylanicum o Cinnamomum verum)

Is an evergreen tree, originally from Sri Lanka. The inner cork is used and is to be peeled before consumption. This aroma comes from the aromatic essential oil which is present in a concentration as high as 3% and it is this which is the cause of its highly aromatic properties.

 

Physalis

(Physlais peruviana)

This plant is part of the Solanaceae family. It is found in the world's sub-tropical regions. The fruit is orange and it is similar in appearance to a tomato. It is wrapped in a thin skin. It has a bittersweet taste and has been used since the times of the Incas and today, it has gained international fame as an exotic fruit.

 
 

Juniper Berries

(Juniperus communis)

Juniper berries are the fruit of the bush of the same with their characteristic bluish-purple, black colour.  The most common use for juniper berries is to add flavour to gin and for this reason, it was the French word for juniper (genevrier) which lent its name to the drink. It can be found growing in mountainous areas and above all, in the cooler regions of Europe, Asia and North America. They possess medicinal and digestive qualities and they are slightly bitter, with sweet, citrus overtones, and when used for blending, should be cut up or crushed.

 

Hibiscus

(Hibiscus syriacus)

The hibiscus flower, originally from Sudan, is very suitable for infusions, given its slightly acidic pungent flavour. It is claimed to have relaxing properties. It is part of the malvacea family of plants, best known of which is Roselle, used for infusions with an intense floral aroma and noticeable acidity.

 

Black elderberry

(Sambucus nigra)

It grows from a tall bush which can grow to a height of up to 10 metres and was originally to be found in North East Africa and in Europe. The berry is a purple coloured fruit and this is used to produce an infusion called "black elderberry cordial", with a flavour which recalls the smooth aroma of blackberries and is sweet, with just a touch of acidity.

 

Lemon grass

(Aloysia triphylla or Lippia citriodora)

A plant originally from South America, of the Verbenaceae family. Lemon grass comes from a bush with green, fragrant leaves which smell of lemon, due to the terpenes, limonene and other floral terpenes. Dried lemon grass flowers help the digestion and are even thought to have relaxing properties.