Inspired by an authentic 1903 recipe
At East Imperial, tradition and quality are of the utmost importance. All of our products are made using only the purest ingredients sustainably sourced from Asia and Africa, the home of the original tonic water.
We believe the spirit should do the talking. Our traditional small-batch method of production ensures this is the case by enhancing the freshness and subtleties of any spirit’s botanicals.
By working with authentic ingredient suppliers and the very best global distillers and bartenders since our inception, we have created a range of ultra-premium mixers that stand out from the crowd of the overly sweet soft drinks on the market.
We only use all natural ingredients with no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. This practice provides the best tasting product with the added benefit of being good for you.
Lift your spirits
East Imperial Tonic Water is elegantly crafted and contemporary tasting, with the highest quinine levels available. Rounded out with top notes of Thai Lemongrass and Manao Lime. We recommend pairing our Tonic Water with more traditional citrus driven and London dry style gins for a perfect Gin and Tonic.Shop now
PROUDLY MADE IN NEW ZEALAND
All our products are proudly made in New Zealand, from the highest quality, sustainably sourced, all-natural ingredients.
To create our Grapefruit Tonic we’ve taken the South East Asian Pomelo, which delivers a deep rich orange note, and carefully blended this with Ruby Red Grapefruit, resulting in a tonic that delivers the ultimate citrus balance.Shop now
Back in 1825, British Army officers combined quinine, sugar and water in an attempt to create a daily tonic to act as a malaria prophylaxis. Gin was later added to the mix to mask the strong and bitter taste of the quinine water.
195 years on, the quintessential gin and tonic has come a very long way. But not necessarily in a good way. The overly sweet citric acid soft drinks of our time have replaced genuine, traditional tonic water. These modern drinks completely mask the herbaceous aromas of premium gin and other spirits, manipulating the role that tonic water now plays in modern mixology.
the authentic choice
As was the case with the original Indian Tonic Water, East Imperial is now the only Tonic Water recipe sourcing all the key ingredients from Asia. This is the champagne of Tonic Waters. Our Old World Tonic is a completely natural low-calorie tonic, with half the natural sugar content of other tonics.Shop now
Batavia, Java, INDONESIA
This place holds a very special significance to us. It was where the Administrative Headquarters of the Dutch East India Company were built in 1707. They quickly took control of the global Quinine trade, a staggering 95% and continued to do so all the way until 1942. (The Japanese attacked the port in WWII). This is the authentic, historic and original source for Quinine.
The global center of trade that allowed for the humble G&T to flourish throughout Asia and the world is now once again on the map as the source of Quinine for the East Imperial range.
best in glass
Our kola is vibrant and citric with a balanced bitterness on the palate, evolving into a depth of spice and fresh Manao lime. It is rich, zesty, and warm with a long dry spiced finish.Shop now
the perfect pour
We've created a dry pink Grapefruit Soda like no other, packed with zesty ruby red grapefruit. It's the perfect complement to your favorite premium rum or tequila, or exceptional just on its own.Shop now
Authentic ingredient sourcing
The hand-picked cinchona that we use originates from the very same Java, Indonesia plantation that was used to supply the anti-malaria daily rations for the early pioneers and settlers in East Africa and East Asia in 1903. It takes seven years for our cinchona trees to grow, and the scraping, air drying, smoking and processing takes a further seventeen days. That’s what it takes to put the finest tonic water in your tumbler.
These are not soft drinks. We believe the spirit should do the talking. our traditional small-batch method of production ensures this is the case by enhancing the freshness and subtleties of any spirit's botanicals.
Our Mombasa Ginger Beer and Thai Dry Ginger Ale are based on the same philosophy as our tonic waters, using only all-natural ingredients with no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. We also use a traditional brewing process that takes three days using the best gingers from both Kenya and Thailand. Tales of the original Mombasa Ginger Beer inspired our classic and time-honored ginger beer recipe. We sort to recreate what was in the tumblers of early settlers at the Muthaiga Country Club, Kenya, at the turn of last century. Less sugar compared to other ginger beers and dry ginger ales, both deliver an incredibly long-lasting ginger spice making it the perfect complement to spirits.
mix things up
East Imperial Yuzu Lemonade is a stunningly bright and exotic take on traditional lemonade. It is New Zealand made, all-natural, and low sugar. Available in 150ml (24 pack) and 500ml (8 pack) glass bottles.Shop now
new zealand water
Our Soda Water (aka Seltzer Water or Club Soda) is light refreshing and slightly effervescent, with Champagne-like bubbles. From sustainably sourced, unfiltered spring water in New Zealand.Shop now
A NOTABLE PARTNERSHIP
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew embodies over 250 years of exploration, discovery and the pioneering spirit. Kew played an important role in the story of quinine, transporting cinchona tree seedlings from South America to India. This use of this vital medicinal plant eventually led to the greatest cocktail of all time, the humble G&T.
Through our partnership with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, we have created our Royal Botanic Tonic. A unique tonic water which introduces a subtle brightness to your glass with refreshing notes of elderflower, combined with the tart taste of ruby red grapefruit and bitterness of sustainably sourced quinine from the highlands of Batavia in Java, home of the original cinchona (quinine) plantations.
This partnership is borne from a shared passion for exploration, discovery and the natural world. Together we salute the botanists, the explorers and the rich contribution the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has made to our history.
So raise your glasses and let’s celebrate this remarkable history and partnership with the world’s finest tonic water.
do your gin justice
We created the Royal Botanic Tonic (Elderflower & Ruby Red Grapefruit Tonic) to introduce a subtle brightness to your glass with the refreshing notes of elderflower, combined with the tart taste of ruby red grapefruit and bitterness of sustainably sourced quinine from the highlands of Batavia in Java.Shop now
create a stir
This is our expression of naturally brewed Ginger Beer. It has a brewing process that takes three days using the finest Ginger from East Africa and East Asia. It has a strong spicy ginger flavour made to complement your favourite spirits; Rum, Whiskey, or any premium spirit.Shop now