About us

We love our Gin & Tonic

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Our Founder

Meet Alison! Our founder and head chef at the Tonic Merchant. Alison comes from a background as an international chef working on a range of luxury super yachts, weddings, parties, product launches and other special events. When it comes to knowing great flavours we are in safe hands!


Our Story

After many months of wondering “how do you make tonic?”, it took a lockdown for Alison to start experimenting with cinchona bark (natural quinine).
The first batch was a lightbulb moment and after much research & testing she has developed exciting gin paired flavours.
The syrups are all hand crafted from real & local (whenever possible) ingredients with a small team in Christchurch. 

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Our Mission

To bring you carefully handcrafted flavours which pair perfectly with your favourite Gin.
Alison’s passion as a serious foodie & gin connoisseur continues to be her driving force with plans to expand and grow the business throughout
New Zealand and Australia while remaining true to its small batch handcrafted nature.

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Local Ingredients

The syrups are all hand crafted from real & local (whenever possible) ingredients with a small team in Christchurch. 

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Recipes 

With Alison’s passion for food & gin she has taken the hard part out and created a range of syrup recipes to perfectly pair with your favourite gin.

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Tastebud Driven

As always, satisfying your tastebuds is our end goal. With Alison's background she has taken the challenge to craft recipes for her favourite drink. We hope you enjoy our flavours as much as we do!