The perfect Tonic & Gin with Walter Gregor’s Tonic

Completing our series for International Gin and Tonic Day, we spoke to Claire Rennie, who has the enviable title of ‘Head of Fizz’ at Walter Gregor’s Tonic Water.

Walter Gregor’s was Scotland’s first tonic water, launched in 2015, and is handcrafted in Pitsligo in the North East of Scotland. The

Claire and mint

tonic is named after a 19th Century North East minister and renowned plantsman whose garden is now used to grow many of the botanical ingredients for the tonic water.

They have recently launched a new range of flavoured tonic waters and their range now boasts Original, light and refreshing Cucumber and Mint, juicy Scottish Raspberry, autumnal Apple and Cinnamon and Spiced.

Tell us, what’s your ideal G&T serve?

“My perfect G&T is our new Mint & Cucumber tonic water, served over ice with Hendricks and a ribbons of cucumber and fresh lemon.”

Is there a particular Scottish Gin that goes well with your tonic?

“Our Walter Gregor’s Original Tonic Water pairs fantastically well with coastal and island gins so it is difficult to choose just one gin.  If I had to pick, then Isle of Harris or The Botanist served with a wedge of pink grapefruit or Rock Rose with fresh rosemary garnish as we grow plenty Rosemary in our garden.”

And what’s the ideal occasion for you to enjoy your G&T?

“I would ideally like to enjoy it sitting on the beach at Cullykhan Beach, once of our local, picturesque coves with my husband Ross who I never see enough of as we are both busy with businesses and the farm.”

Thanks to Claire for talking to us and we’ll be sampling and reviewing the new range of Walter Gregor’s tonic waters soon. Happy International Gin & Tonic Day!

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