Fever-Tree Light Indian Tonic

Fever-Tree Light Indian Tonic is a low calorie drink with natural ingredients.

Cost: ££+
Type: Light Tonic Water
Sweetener: Fructose
Nutritional info (100ml):
Kcal: 15
Sugar (g): 2.9

Fever-Tree are probably the market leader when it comes to premium tonic, and they’ve been around for a lot longer than you might think! Their Indian tonic water launched in 2005, and since then their range has expanded to include low calorie and flavoured expressions as well as other drinks such as cola and ginger ale.

This is their ‘diet’ (I’m sure lots of market research went into the removal of this word in favour of not just ‘light’ but ‘refreshingly light’!) Indian tonic water.

Fever-Tree Light Indian Tonic Water is available in 500 and 200ml bottles, and 150ml cans.

Tasting Notes

First, there’s a lot to be said about a tonic water in the way it effervesces. When first pouring, there’s a good amount of fizz in the glass, which dissipates after a few seconds, leaving plenty of small, clingy bubbles. The carbonation doesn’t all fizz away at the start, and the drink crackles with bubbles.

There’s a pleasant citrus aroma, along with the classic, fresh quinine that’s bitter, followed by an ever so slightly spiced, curried note.

To taste, the carbonation provides a pleasant tingle without that burn of some overly carbonated drinks and the flavours are nice and light with citrus passing through quickly, leaving the quinine to impart its typically bitter flavour. There’s certainly no unpleasantness to the taste, and the bitterness is just right, but there is a sense of fleetingness to the overall taste.

With gin (2:1 Beefeater with a slice of lemon), there’s plenty of room for the gin to shine. The flavours mingle excellently and the carbonation, though dulled, still makes for a nice tingle on the tongue. There’s a pleasant bitterness too, which is just on the right side of not-too-bitter for me. As a mixer I’d have to say it’s doing its job very well.


Fever-Tree Light Indian Tonic is excellent, especially for those concerned about their calorie/sugar intake when partaking in a few G&Ts! It has a good flavour on its own, but crucially, leaves plenty of room for the gin to shine. It’s a little short lived on the taste front, but not so much that it’s a real problem.

4 / 5 Feathers

Fever-Tree Light Indian Tonic Water is available in shops and online




All reviews are of the author’s personal collection, bought and payed for by the author, unless otherwise stated.

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