Cushiedoos lifts your spirits.
Cushiedoos superior tonic has been created for spirits, not to cure malaria. We don’t use quinine. We’ve made the most natural, healthy tonic water you can find. Cushiedoos is a crafty blend of locally-sourced Scottish heather and Scottish silver birch, with yellow-flowering gentian and wormwood for bitterness and British sugar beet for sweetness.
Cushiedoos tonic allows you to taste, not overpower, your spirit. Our heather and silver birch will leave you with a smoother, cleaner aftertaste. So there’s no drying your tastebuds, that often happens with traditional tonic waters. Cushiedoos will leave you wanting more.
Our beautiful botanicals.
Scottish Silver Birch
Action Against Carbon
Our greater purpose
While creating better tasting drinks is the foundation of our business, our Action Against Carbon serves a far greater purpose for Cushiedoos – fighting our carbon climate crisis. Unless you’re Donald Trump, we all know that we need to act now to reduce the impact on our planet for climate change and global warming.
Now is our time to act and make a difference and you can play your part in this too. Whether you’re a drinker or a trade customer you can help us plant LOADS of trees. We have successfully launched our “Buy 1, get 2 Tree” initiative where trade customers can buy a case of Cushiedoos and we will plant 2 trees. Simple.
Our tree planting will be taking place in three countries – Madagascar, Mozambique and Nicaragua. This planting provides employment and support to poorer local communities.
We are accredited by Gold Standard for ethical and environmental sustainability. We will be providing employment to poor communities across three countries that have space for reforesting 75% of our trees a super-hero trees that capture carbon ten times more effectively than other trees.
For some bedtime reading check out our detail on our latest blog page here.
Act global, source local.
We don’t scour the earth for our ingredients either. That would be environmentally reckless. We find them as close to home as possible. That’s why our tonic contains Scottish water, Scottish botanicals and British sugar beet. And that, in turn, is why it tastes so damn good.
We christened our brainchild back home in our garden. Lazing under an oak tree, gin and tonics to hand, Gilly and I were lulled by a soft coo-coo-coo-ri-coo from the branches above. “I love that sound,” I said. “Cushiedoos” said Gilly, “Scottish wood-pigeons. They partner up for life.” “Like gin and tonic”, I said. “Boom”, she said.
Unlike common-or-garden tonic waters, ours has no quinine so it won’t dry your palate. There are no naughties. No artificial sweeteners, no preservatives. Even better, it’s got 24% less sugar than the leading premium tonic.
Born and bred in Scotland.
Our bubbly baby, Cushiedoos, was conceived during a romantic summer weekend in the Highlands. Everything on the hotel dinner menu was Scottish. But when Gilly and I asked for a G&T, our Scottish craft gin came with a bottle of sssch-you-know-what. That was the moment I decided Scotland deserved its own special tonic, with Scottish water and Scottish botanicals.
Cushiedoos in its natural habitat: gin.
The Cushiedoos Copa
The Copa de Balon is the perfect glass for drinking gin and tonics. Perched on a long stem to keep your hot hands off your chilled G&T, its bulbous bowl traps the aromas of the gin. Crucially, it also allows you to add plenty of lemon, lime and ice to your serve, keeping your drink cold to the last delicious drop. The ‘copa serve’ became famous almost a decade ago when Michelin-starred chefs from the Basque area started drinking their ‘GinTonics’ in Bordeaux wine glasses to keep them cool in the heat of their kitchens.
Cushie’s Classic G&T
We’re fans of the Heston Blumenthal method. Select a wide-rimmed glass to allow the different aromas to come through. The gin, controversially for some, should go in first, followed by a chunky wedge of unwaxed lemon. Lots of ice next and finally Cushiedoos Superior Tonic to taste. This order of assembly lets the effervescence of the tonic pre-mix all the flavours for you. We’ll leave the ratio of gin to tonic to you. One quarter gin to three quarters tonic may not be enough if you’ve had a hard day.
This is a Celtic version of the classic G&T and we love to serve it within the generous curves of a cognac glass. Scottish craft gins marry well with the fresh, fizzing bubbles of Scottish mountain water in Cushiedoos tonic. Garnish with slices of red apple and a sprig of fresh mint for a light and summery G&T. (Summer in Scotland this year will be on a Wednesday.)
The Cushie Blue
Please excuse the flowery language but this particular Gin and Cushies is garnished with violet petals and a sprig of wild rosemary. For this, we prefer to use one of the lighter styles of gin to give a refreshingly floral bouquet. The gorgeous diamond glass pictured here, traps every scintilla of flavour and aroma. All it takes is a fizzing dilution of Cushiedoos Superior Tonic to bring the whole shebang to life, delivering a gentle G&T with fresh, elegant finish.