Sym­me­try Botan­i­cal Tonic Essence

Condé Nast House & Garden - - PURSUITS -

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.’ ge­o­met­ric­

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