Review: Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, Bitter Lemon, & Sparkling Lemon


Made in the UK, Fever-Tree is a line of mixers that utilize premium ingredients. As we don't cover the alcoholic market here at BevReview, we're looking at 4 flavors that not only serve as mixers, but also can stand-alone as tasty carbonated beverages: Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon, & Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon.

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, Bitter Lemon, & Sparkling Lemon

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, Bitter Lemon, & Sparkling Lemon

I was first exposed to this brand after talking with them at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Show here in Chicago.

Mixers from Fever-Tree

Mixers from Fever-Tree

Their products are packaged in 6.8 oz glass bottles, with foil-embossed labels that accentuate the flavor being featured.

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale

Let's start with Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, described as "delicious, clean, refreshing, and natural." The drink has a light yellow hue, while features a classic ginger ale scent. Sweetened with cane sugar and natural gingers, this flavor starts out sweet, but at mid-taste quickly turns bitter. The ginger isn't harsh, but smooth, however other flavorings hang in there to prompt an interesting aftertaste.

Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
Spring water, cane sugar, citric acid, natural gingers, natural flavours, natural caramel.

A 6.8 oz bottle contains 70 calories, 2 mg sodium, and 17.2 g carbs (17.2 g sugars)

Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Moving on in the ginger world to Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, this drink is more of a cloudy yellow in color and has notable floating ginger sediment. Noted as featuring "three gingers from Nigeria, Cochin and the Ivory Coast," the ginger scent is more authentic than what we tasted in the Ginger Ale. This ginger product smells more on par with quality beverages from Reed's and Bruce Cost. As for taste, this is more like it! There's a nice ginger flavor and very attractive "burn" in the aftertaste. Your throat can definitely tell this product uses real ginger. It exudes the "warmth" found with a good ginger beverage! Recommended.

Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Spring water, ginger root, cane sugar, natural flavours, ascorbic acid.

A 6.8 oz bottle contains 88 calories, 2 mg sodium, and 20 g carbs (20 g sugars)

Shifting from ginger to lemon is Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon, also known as Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic. Basically a lemon-flavored carbonated water, this drink is VERY bitter. It's not a lemonade by any stretch. Of the 3 products featured in this review, this is probably the one that serves best as a mixer vs. stand-alone drink. The flavor starts out sweet, turns bitter very fast, and hangs with you at the bottom of your mouth. Not quite a "puckery" experience, but the use of natural quinine is quite apparent. Very light yellow in color, with a muted lemon scent.

Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon

Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon

Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon
Spring water, cane sugar, lemon juice (3.7%), citric acid, natural flavours, natural quinine.

A 6.8 oz bottle contains 75 calories, 2 mg sodium, and 18.2 g carbs (18.2 g sugars)

Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon

Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon

Rounding out our exploration of ginger and lemon mixers is the newest Fever-Tree flavor, Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon. As expected from the name, it's a carbonated lemon drink. And in direct contrast to the Bitter Lemon flavor, Sparkling Lemon is sweet. However, it does pack a punch of "puckeryness," almost like drinking straight lemon juice (it contains 8%). The aftertaste lingers with a somewhat medicinal feeling for this cloudy, yellow beverage.

Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon
Spring water, cane sugar, lemon juice, citric acid, natural lemon flavours.

A 6.8 oz bottle contains 77 calories, 2 mg sodium, and 18 g carbs (18 g sugars)

Of the four flavors featured here, we liked Fever-Tree Ginger Beer the best as a stand-alone drink, followed up by Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon. Granted, the Fever-Tree line isn't really designed to be digested without alcoholic compliment, but is interesting to explore these flavor combinations by themselves. They are all packed with high quality ingredients and it shows.

Official Website: Fever-Tree.com

Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Fever Tree

Comments

  1. I learned to enjoy Schweppes Bitter Lemon as a kid growing up overseas, but it's impossible to find in the US so I was ecstatic to discover the Fever Tree version at BevMo a few years back. It's too pricey to indulge often, but I hope they keep it around.

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