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Take a swig of Bristol’s booming drinks scene with Schweppes 1783

Take a swig of Bristol’s booming drinks scene with Schweppes 1783

By Time Out in association with Schweppes

Cities fall in and out of fashion – but Bristol has always resolutely done its own thing. The West Country port town boasts a tight-knit community of independent cafés, shops and records labels, a vibrant street art scene – and one heck of a bar scene, where you can seek out some truly divine creations that make use of Schweppes’s new 1783 range of tonics.

To honour the year that clockmaker-turned-bottler Jacob Schweppe first started bottling his magical, fizzing tonic water, the brand’s mixologists have developed this crisp, fresh, brand-new line of mixing tonics. Each of them will form the perfect basis to a near-infinitesimal numbers of beverages. Actually, to use a musical comparison that we hope the music-lovers of Bristol would appreciate: consider these tonics like the drummer in a band, modestly holding the tune together whilst letting the frontman and guitar players do their thing.

We’ve rounded up four fabulous Bristol pubs, bars and drinking dens that serve up a series of dazzling confections that make use of Schweppes 1783. Spoiler alert: there’s more going on here than just gin.

Where to try Schweppes 1783 in Bristol

Gin and tonic, for Schweppes campaign
Becca Swift/Flickr

The Somerset House

From the plush leather furniture to the exposed floorboards, this discerning Clifton Village spot does the whole gastro-pub thing in seriously class style. Their Sunday roasts, which use local produce, are incredibly popular with Clifton locals, and they preside over a distinctly self-respecting drinks list – which extends all the way to their sophisticated spin on the G&T. The ingredients? Martin Miller’s gin, Schweppes 1783 Cucumber Tonic, a garnish of cucumber ribbons and, then, ruby grapefruit zest for that extra citrus-laden kick. A respectful yet utterly distinct take on a venerated classic.

Princess Victoria St, BS8 4BX.

The Albion

Had Mr Schweppe ever visited Bristol, he could have sought out this establishment: the Grade II-listed Albion dates back to the seventeenth century. (Although, we highly doubt the chic exposed-brick decor, plush furniture and gastro menu would have been around back then.) Alongside the real ales and beers, The Albion also stocks an impressibly sizeable wine list – and a decidedly forward-thinking line of cocktails. This one uses gin with Schweppes 1783 Salty Lemon Tonic Water and is topped with a garnish of fresh thyme and lemon zest, with the saltiness of the tonic perfectly matches the bitterness of the gin and the acidity of the lemon.

Boyces Avenue, BS8 4AA.

Flipside Cocktail Bar Bristol, for Schweppes campaign

Flipside Cocktail Club and Faraway Cocktail Club

Bristol has a deservedly earned a repution for a booming party scene, and these two sister cocktail clubs  – one on Whiteladies Road; one just off Rupert Street – are two definite reasons. Both boast intimate lighting, vintage-inspired decor, snappily-dressed staff – and one of the most impressive cocktail lists in the city. This particular creation, the Totally Tropical Tonic, has a touch of the exotic about it, taking Schweppes 1783 Grapefruit Tonic and blending it with vermouth, pineapple oleo-saccharum and served over ice with dehydrated pineapple and pineapple leaf. Honestly, a sip of this and you’d be half-forgiven for thinking you were in Barbados, not Bristol.

Flipside: Whiteladies Rd, BS8 2PB. Faraway: Small St, BS1 1DE.

Ice in glass, for Schweppes campaign

The Cuban

Another drink with a hint of the Caribbean – but what else would you expect from a bar of this name? The Cuban, a high-tempo little restaurant-bar in the revamped Canon’s Marsh area, has added some serious pizzazz to the 1783 line. Their Crisp Passion mixes Bacardi Carta Oro, passionfruit purée, lemon juice, simple syrup and Schweppes 1783 Crisp Tonic to bring some seriously punchy flavours together.

Harbourside, BS1 5SZ.

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