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The Whole Quinine Yards: Sepoy & Co. Tonic Water
When we propose that you meet exciting bubbles from Delhi, expect neither a white Pomeranian nor an ebullient girl in palazzos, talking nineteen to the dozen.
Instead behold this ribbed glass bottle of Sepoy & Co. tonic water, a new Indian "botanical mixer" that was dreamed up mid-air, crafted in London and brewed in Delhi.
Founder Angad Soni, who can sometimes in the summer be spied sipping Double Dutch tonic water in East London, is the entrepreneur behind the bottle. During India's gin-splosion, Angad saw the same market gap that Mumbai's Svamis first noticed, and started work on Sepoy & Co. in 2017. "Ours is an all natural (plus quinine), low calorie drink – Sepoy contains less than 5 gms of sugar, while Schweppes has something like 8.4%.”
Make room on your shelf for these (we guarantee you'll find a way to re-use the attractive bottles): classic Indian tonic, mint and spiced grapefruit variants, all three of which can be purchased online in Delhi-NCR and shipped, or sipped at bars like PCO, Sidecar, and at The Lodhi hotel. “I’ve just sent some samples over to Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner as well,” Angad tells us, and we instantly think of a swirling mint tonic spring that would serve as an excellent mirage for hot, wandering souls.
Meanwhile Mumbai, be patient; Sepoy & Co. launches here in a month and they plan to stock at your favourite gourmet supermarkets. But if you really, really want some now, press Angad and he may just relent. We hear a box of assorted Sepoy & Co. tonic waters was just shipped to a particularly persistent customer in Coimbatore.
Right now though, Angad is hunched over a laptop, thinking about future bubbles - a battalion of new flavours like ginger ale and bitter lemon and even a Plain Jane soda “ but crafted accurately with the right amount of carbonation and containing two different salts.”
Getting there: Visit sepoyandco.com, follow them on instagram @sepoyandco, Rs 2,280 for a limited edition tasting case of 24 bottles.