INDI & Co., the world’s first distilled botanical mixer, is now available in the United States. The artisanal beverage is produced in Puerto de la Santa Maria, Spain, using Old World ingredients and techniques. All of its ingredients are 100 percent natural, with no artificial colorings or preservatives; only real flavors in their pure form. INDI’s botanical mixers can be perfectly paired with high-end spirits, including gins and vodkas. They are also great as a non-alcoholic, healthier alternative to soda. INDI is available in traditional Tonic Water, Seville Orange and Lemon Tonic flavors in California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, Arizona, West Virginia, Colorado, and Tennessee.
To make its beverages, INDI selects high-quality fruits, herbs and plants and then macerates them separately for four weeks to extract the raw flavor. The results are rich concentrates, carefully blended together in century-old alembic stills. The distillation process is gentle and time-consuming for the sake of extracting all essential oils from the herbal concentrate. Once the distillation process is complete (approximately 5 hours), the concentrate is blended together with purified water, natural sugars and fruit juices to create completely natural and delicious mixers.
“We have found a way to preserve the essence and soul of botanicals and incorporate them into a premium mixer, that not only offers an ideal alternative for mixologists and bartenders, but also gives restaurants a refreshing non-alcoholic soda option,” said Jorge Martínez Escudero, Managing Director of Casalbor America, owner of the INDI & Co. brand. “INDI is about as pure as it gets. We use traditional methods of maceration, fermentation and distillation of the very best ingredients to create a natural and artisanal, premium handmade beverage that we’re excited to bring to the U.S.”
Tonic Water – Dry and crisp with a nice bite of quinine. The flavor and mouthfeel works extremely well with a high-end gin, allowing the spirit to shine, while supporting it with a subdued tonic flavor. Easily one of the top three bottled tonics I’ve enjoyed. GSN Rating: A-
Lemon Tonic – Tart and somewhat sweet, but not overly so. This is more in line with a lemon soda, but with a natural fruit flavor instead of artificial. The flavor is quite balanced and can easily be enjoyed served as is, but adding a few ounces of vodka or a milder gin, will make for a spiffy highball. GSN Rating: B+
Seville Orange – A softer, more subtle orange flavor in spite of about a third of the liquid being orange juice. This results in a thicker mouthfeel and a cloudy appearance. Overall, I’m reminded of Orangina, but with tighter carbonation. This mixer makes for an interesting take on a Bronx, Screwdriver or even a Bocce Ball cocktail. GSN Rating: B
For more information go to IndiDrinks.com