Symmetry Botanical Tonic Essence
You’ve been drinking your G&TS all wrong, says Jean-baptiste Cristini, who is pioneering a trio of tonic essences – floral, spice, citrus – that are reinventing the classic tipple. For him, creating the Symmetry brand of tonics (not to be confused with tonic water, the sugar-loaded stuff you’ve been using all along) was a purist approach to the drink’s origins. ‘Tonic is a muti, any sort of tincture or infusion of herbal and aromatic plants to drink,’ explains Jean-baptiste.
Made with sustainability in mind, the botanicals are ‘brewed’ at low temperatures in ph-corrected water to draw out their flavours without denaturing the molecules. After that they are carefully combined to create the complex flavour profiles of the three offerings.
‘I build my tonics like perfumes,’ he says, before jokingly citing Patrick Süskind as an influence. ‘From pelargonium and buchu to clove and kapokbos, each sip is a sensuous ode to the flora of the Cape.’ geometricdrinks.co.za