Diary of a Tonic Maker

I’ve made some changes

I’ve made some changes

It seems that updates are like busses. Nothing happens for ages and then they all come at once. I have dropped the Proper Tonic sub-brand. The Proper Tonic brand was born when I was planning to launch cinchona bark tonic infusions packed with natural quinine from the fever tree. It was Proper Tonic! However, when searching for UK suppliers I discovered that it was listed under the 1977 Controlled Herbs act. Selling cinchona in its raw form, without prescription was against the law! I was forced to change plans and had to completely reformulate my recipes using a new, legal...

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Read all about it ... Proper Tonic in The Scotsman

Read all about it ... Proper Tonic in The Scotsman

The story behind Montgomery Donald’s Proper Tonic DIY kits – and how to make them at home  Rosalind Erskine    October 23, 2020    Drink, In the News Montgomery Donald’s Proper Tonic has been a long time coming, as founder Nick Donald tells Rosalind Erskine. The meteoric rise in the gin industry in Scotland has been well documented, and something which Montgomery Donald’s Proper Tonic founder Nick Donald was keenly aware of back in 2014 when the idea for his business was starting to grow. “I first discovered that there was a tonic that wasn’t Schweppes after a trip to London in 2013....

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I'm dreaming of a Green Christmas Competiton

I'm dreaming of a Green Christmas Competiton

On 20th November we launched a competition on social media... Christmas is coming, the drink is getting drunk, who wants some eco-friendly goodies to make the perfect G&T and so much more?We’ve teamed up with a wonderful crew to put together a fantastic eco-friendly prize worth over £200 that will help you reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your glass. To enter please visit our Facebook page The Prizes First Prize worth over £200 1 x DrinkMate, the home carbonator that adds a fizz to any drink, even gin. Making your own fizzy drinks with a DrinkMate slashes...

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A muted celebration with green drinks

A muted celebration with green drinks

It's National Introvert Week, it seems the perfect time to start blogging (again). This time I am going to get and maintain some momentum and keep you all in the loop of what's happening in the world of Montgomery Donald's, make-your-own drinks, and environmentally friendly / green drinks in general. Introverts shape the world. We have the big picture ideas but sometimes we don't stand up and shout about them enough, in my case I tend to move on to the next big issue rather than getting my promotional marketing hat on. Today is also the most introverted St Patrick's day in centuries thanks...

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The search for simple sweetness

The search for simple sweetness

We show you how to sweeten your proper tonic while keeping an eye on calories and special dietary requirements.

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