Tonic Vol .1
It’s a heady cocktail. Imbibe author Claire Dodd sips vodou rum in a Haitian temple. Spectator contributor Henry Jeffreys navigates Lebanon’s sectarian thoroughfares in search of historic cellars, Times writer Juliet Rix indulges in soju a North Korean acorn spirit that makes East and West dance as one.
The inaugural issue of Tonic regales lost tales from legendary drinkers. Our man in Champagne visits the secret cellar of billionaire rapper Jay Z. On Germany’s Cold War frontier we drink unpasteurised beers unchanged since 1945. And in Iceland we meet modern Vikings fuelling a revolution in brennivín, a potato liqueur laced with moss, rhubarb and meadowsweet, a fragrant herb found in glacial riversides.
In short, our opening mix distils Chinese potentates, Italian aristos and Uzi automatics into one collectable issue. It will leave you thirsty for more.