Following a 'tonic tasting' on the US market, Charles Rolls - who built his reputation running Plymouth Gin - joined forces with Tim Warrillow, who had a background in luxury food marketing, to analyse the composition of mixers. They discovered that the majority were preserved with sodium benzoate or similar substances, while cheap orange aromatics such as decanal and artificial sweeteners (such as saccharin) were widespread.
And so started a 15 month journey. Days in the British Library researching quinine sources from as far back as 1620, trips to find the purest strains of this key ingredient and five iterations of the recipe were tasted before Charles and Tim were happy with the result and the first bottle of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water was produced in 2005.
The brand name was chosen due to ‘Fever Tree’ being the colloquial name for the Cinchona Tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic, is found. The highest quality quinine is sourced from the Rwanda Congo border and blended with spring water and eight botanical flavours, including rare ingredients such as marigold extracts and a bitter orange from Tanzania. No artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavourings are added. The highly carbonated tonic, consisting of small ‘champagne’ bubbles for a smoother taste, is packaged in 200mL single serve glass bottles, the perfect size for a double measure gin & tonic.
Rosewood Estates is built on the family’s foundation in beekeeping and European heritage. Today, they create distinctive vineyard-inspired wines, produce natural honey and, as Niagara’s first winery-meadery, handcrafted, innovative meads.
Their vineyards are sustainably farmed, with future generations at the forefront of their thoughts. They believe in being stewards of the land and farm the land according to this philosophy. With over 75 years of beekeeping experience, their team also practices natural and sustainable beekeeping to ensure strong and healthy hives.
St. John's Bakery
St. John's Bakery is a social enterprise and business owned and operated by St. John's The Compassionate Mission in Toronto. They specialize in handmade organic sourdough breads made in the traditional French method, and sweets handmade from scratch. They use certified organic flours and all-natural ingredients, and are striving to ensure that most of ingredients come from local suppliers. St. John's Bakery is funded in part by the Toronto Enterprise Fund, a funding partnership between United Way of Greater Toronto and the three levels of government.
Black Creek Community Farm
Black Creek Community Farm is Toronto’s first full-scale organic vegetable farm and it’s right here in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. One of the primary goals of the farm is to grow food for the people who live and work in Jane-Finch.