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Great gin? Check. Now experiment with tonic

Don't like gin & tonics? Don't be so fast to blame the gin—it might be the tonic water. There's a wide variety of tonics out there, too, with flavor profiles ranging from sweet to bitter. (Mixologists say the differences often stem from the quality and amount of quinine included, and what kind of sweetener is used.)

Five to try:

Bittermens Commonwealth Tonic Liqueur
$24.99 for a 375-ml bottle [Concentrate; mix with soda water]

Fentimans Tonic Water
$7.99 for a four-pack of 4-ounce bottles

Fever-Tree
$5.99 for a four-pack of 6.8-ounce bottles

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.'s Small Batch Tonic
$16 for a 17-ounce bottle [Concentrate; mix with soda water]

Schweppes Tonic Water
$1.89 for a one-liter bottle

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