Bradley’s Kina Tonic is a fresh look at an old world product that has long since been relegated to that bland flat artificial substance your bartender shot out of a plastic gun behind the bar. This just doesn’t do our gin loving ancestors’ tonics any justice. Our Tonic, however, is made completely by hand from whole ingredients right out of the history book. Where others go for powdered quinine or “tonic flavorings,” we went right to the source and created this tonic from whole spices, real citrus oil, and exclusively imported Peruvian cinchona bark. This stuff is the real deal.
Due to the nature of the raw ingredients, there’s a much more complex and layered flavor profile than the tonics we’ve become accustomed to. The Peruvian cinchona bark lends a very warm and earthy bitterness and rounds out the subtle sweetness and acidity of this tonic which adds a layer of depth to the experience. It then finishes with the delicate flavor of real cold-pressed orange oil. No extracts here. No corners cut.
The bark of the cinchona plant, also known as the quina (KINA for us!) plant, has been used medicinally since the mid 16th century for a number of purposes, most notably by early traders to effectively fight malaria. Eventually, this medicinal herb gained huge popularity with the English and the British Raj of the era, and naturally found its way into one of the most notoriously refreshing classic cocktails, the Gin & Tonic.