The London Essence Company

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Our Collection

Using distillation techniques, a touch of imagination and suggestions from leading London bartenders, we create carefully calibrated mixers for the 21st century.

Our complete collection is delicately light and low in calories, with naturally sourced sweetness, allowing the distinct notes of the spirit partner to shine through.

  • Classic London Tonic
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    Classic London Tonic Water

    A precise balance of sweet citrus notes, pleasantly bitter quinine and juniper distillate. We recommend pairing this modern classic with London dry gins, grain based vodkas and even aged rums.

  • Grapefruit & Rosemary
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    Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic Water

    A precise balance of crisp grapefruit oils and rosemary distillate, with a hint of quinine. This pairs well with citrus led gins and, if you feel adventurous, discover how it complements the bitterness of aperitifs.

  • Bitter Orange & Elderflower
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    Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic Water

    A precise balance of tangy orange oils and elderflower distillate, with a touch of quinine. This complements the ever-expanding range of juniper heavy gins, grape or rye based vodkas and, more innovatively, reposado tequilas.

  • Delicate Ginger Ale
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    Delicate Ginger Ale

    A precise balance: steeped ginger root with background notes of aniseed distillate. We suggest pairing this with a variety of blended whiskies or, for a contemporary take, try it with a cognac.

Featuring a distilled essence, our skilfully crafted sodas flatter discerning palates and deliver a more sophisticated flavour profile.

Their recipes and ingredients are inspired by tradition to create sodas with an adult, contemporary edge. Delicately light, with lower sweetness, they contain no more than 20 calories per 100ml.

  • Classic London Tonic
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    Rhubarb & Cardamom Crafted Soda

    A precise blend of rhubarb and natural cardamom contributes to the rounded body and subtle vanilla aroma. Cardamom distillate adds slightly spiced notes as the initial taste of sweet candied berries gives way to a dry finish.

  • Grapefruit & Rosemary
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    Grapefruit & Lemon Verbena Crafted Soda

    Seedless grapefruit combines with lemon verbena to give a citrus burst leading to a long dry finish. Grapefruit distillate heightens the natural fresh citrus aroma and a hint of floral botanicals runs parallel to an extra layer of sharp acidity.

Classic London Tonic
Classic London Tonic
Classic London
Tonic Water

Our Classic London Tonic features our signature juniper distillate, and delivers a premium offering that is designed to perfectly enhance the main feature of the drink, the spirit.

By steeping juniper berries for up to a week prior to distillation, this method allows us to capture the full range of the juniper aromatics into an essence.

The juniper note allows the elegance of your chosen tipple to seep through, aided by a delicate level of sweetness. As unlike many other premium tonics, our collection is delicately light and low in calories, with just a dusting of sugar and a touch of sweetness extracted from the stevia plant.

Aroma

Aromatic pine and citrus notes.

Taste

A combination of fresh, sharp and citrus notes. Zesty lemon and lime peel combined with fresh pine, thyme and a juniper finish.

Grapefruit & Rosemary
Grapefruit & Rosemary
Grapefruit & Rosemary
Tonic Water

The notes within this truly aromatic tonic are created by capturing the fresh zing from cold pressed grapefruit oils.

Our distilled rosemary essence, crafted through a traditional swan neck process, is then skilfully blended to deliver a herbal edge to the tonic.

As with the rest of our collection, this tonic is also delicately light, with just a dusting of sugar and a touch of sweetness extracted from the stevia plant. This perfect balance truly elevates the spirit but also delivers a tonic which can be enjoyed alone as a sophisticated beverage, reassuringly low in calories.

Aroma

A loud fruity aroma that is well balanced by the herbaceous edge of the rosemary.

Taste

An ultra-fresh combination of tangy grapefruit notes, a delicate rosemary note and a sharp citrus and light yet bitter quinine finish.

Bitter Orange & Elderflower
Bitter Orange & Elderflower
Bitter Orange And Elderflower
Tonic Water

Blood orange oils and a rich bitter orange tincture are artfully blended to provide the base for our Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic.

To this we add a gentle floral distilled essence, created by steeping and gently heating elderflowers to capture their aromatic vapour.

The subtle sweetness of the elderflower distillate is perfectly paired with the tangy citrus notes of the bitter orange to provide depth of flavour. As with the rest of our collection, this tonic is also delicately light and low in calories, with just a dusting of sugar and a touch of sweetness extracted from the stevia plant.

Aroma

Tangy and fresh orange with subtle elderflower notes.

Taste

Bitter and tangy orange notes are balanced by rich blood orange oils and a hint of elderflower distillate for a floral and honeyed finish.

Delicate Ginger Ale
Delicate Ginger Ale
Delicate
Ginger Ale

Our exceptional ginger ale has been blended to showcase premium dark spirits to their best advantage.

By steeping ginger root and blending it with ginger oil, we are able to create a base with a delicately spiced character. We moderate sweetness by using a dusting of sugar and sweetness from the stevia plant.

The addition of delicate liquorice notes from the distilled aniseed essence complement to create a wonderfully rounded mixer.

Aroma

Gentle ginger, with a touch of aniseed and honey.

Taste

A gentle liquorice taste from the aniseed, a lemon fennel top note, with a subtle spice of ginger to create a rounded flavour.

Delicate Ginger Ale
Delicate Ginger Ale
Rhubarb & Cardamom
crafted soda

Distilling the true flavour of fine fruits and botanicals, we calibrate sodas of true delicacy. This carefully crafted soda combines the earthy tartness of rhubarb and a soft sweetness with subtle aromatic notes from our signature cardamom distillate.

Aroma

Subtle vanilla with round rhubarb and apple notes.

Taste

Gentle, sweet tartness of rhubarb with subtle earthy cardamom. Pleasing effervescence and a gentle acidity on the back palate.

Delicate Ginger Ale
Delicate Ginger Ale
grapefruit & lemon verbena
crafted soda

The notes within this aromatic soda are created by capturing the fresh bitter aromas from cold pressed grapefruit oils. Lemon verbena essence, crafted through a traditional swan neck distillation process, is then skilfully blended to deliver a floral edge.

Aroma

Natural grapefruit essential oils give a rounded aromatic character with a sharp, delicate note.

Taste

Brilliantly refreshing, sharp and zesty acidity. Pleasing minerality comes in on the mid-palate, followed by lemon rind and a characteristic sparkle that lingers on the tongue.

Kindred Spirits

Our delicately light mixers flatter the flavour of spirits, bringing out the best in particular gins, vodkas and dark spirits.

These are merely suggestions, of course. We encourage a spirit of experimentation, to suit personal tastes.

  • Perfect serve -Glass Gin & Tonic Classic G&T
    Classic G&T
    Ingredients

    25ml Good London dry gin

    100ml Chilled London Tonic

    Glass

    Highball

    Garnish

    Lemon verbena

    Method

    Pour over quality ice.

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  • Perfect serve - Classic Vodka & Tonic Classic V&T
    Classic V&T
    Ingredients

    25ml Good wheat vodka

    100ml Chilled London Tonic

    Glass

    Highball

    Garnish

    Pear slices

    Method

    Pour over quality ice.

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  • Perfect serve - Aromatic Gin & Tonic Aromatic G&T
    Aromatic G&T
    Ingredients

    25ml Citrus heavy gin

    100ml Chilled Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic

    Glass

    Stemmed wine glass

    Garnish

    Melon ball pierced with rosemary

    Method

    Pour over quality ice.

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  • Perfect serve - Aromatic Vodka & Tonic Aromatic V&T
    Aromatic V&T
    Ingredients

    25ml Good rye vodka

    100ml Chilled Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic

    Glass

    Old fashioned

    Garnish

    Cherries

    Method

    Pour over quality ice. Slice one cherry before placing in drink.

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  • Perfect serve - Whisky & Ginger Whisky Ginger
    Whisky Ginger
    Ingredients

    25ml Blended Scotch whisky

    100ml Delicate Ginger Ale

    Glass

    Rocks

    Garnish

    Lime

    Method

    Pour over quality ice. Squeeze in lime.

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  • Perfect serve - The Cuban cocktail The Cuban
    The Cuban
    Ingredients

    25ml Havana Club 7 Year Old

    100ml Chilled London Tonic

    Glass

    Coupe

    Garnish

    Peach slice

    Method

    Pour over quality ice.

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  • Perfect serve -The LEC Spritz The Lec Spritz
    The Lec Spritz
    Ingredients

    5ml Damson jam

    10ml Elderflower cordial

    25ml Campari

    100ml Chilled Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic

    Glass

    Flute

    Garnish

    Grapefruit dust

    Method

    Pour the first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a flute and top with the tonic.

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  • Perfect serve - The Dark Side cocktail The Dark Side
    The Dark Side
    Ingredients

    35ml Reposado tequila

    100ml Chilled Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic

    Glass

    Highball

    Garnish

    Chocolate salt, mint sprig

    Method

    Pour over quality ice.

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  • Perfect serve - The Elder Statesmen cocktail The Elder Statesman
    The Elder Statesman
    Ingredients

    35ml Cognac

    20ml Lime juice

    10ml Honey

    5ml Cassis

    2 dashes Angostura bitters

    100ml Chilled Ginger Ale

    35ml Cognac,

    20ml Lime juice,

    10ml Honey,

    5ml Cassis,

    2 dashes Angostura bitters,

    100ml Chilled Ginger Ale

    Glass

    Cognac

    Garnish

    Star anise

    Method

    Take a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and cognac, lime and honey. Close and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain over ice into a glass and top with Delicate Ginger Ale. Garnish with a star anise soaked in cassis.

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Stockists

“THANK GOODNESS FOR THE LONDON ESSENCE COMPANY, AT LAST WE HAVE A RANGE OF ELEGANT AND Exquisitely BALANCED MIXERS TO WORK WITH”

Nick Strangeway Globally renowned bartender and gin producer
The London Essence company

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Our Story

Established 1896. Refreshed 2016.

Camberwell Green

The London Essence Company is brought to you by WiseHead Productions, a venture dedicated to delivering creatively crafted drinks that deliver time and time again.

At WiseHead, we discovered the history of The London Essence Company while exploring the archives of Britvic, our parent company.

Established in 1896, The London Essence Company built a reputation for distilling the true flavour of fine fruits and botanicals.

Inspired by the craft and inventiveness of the original firm, our new enterprise is reaching for the same high standards, to specialise in the art and alchemy of taste.

Distilling the true flavour of fine fruits and botanicals, we carefully calibrate mixers of rare quality. In this way, we spark the sense of occasion when spirits and mixers – and people – come together.

We aspire to be
The Essence of Sociability

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