Inspiration can be found in unexpected places. For oenologist Hanneli vd Merwe, it came in Europe in 2015 where she discovered the tasty world of craft gin and designer tonics. 


Back in South Africa, she observed the craft gin industry was already establishing itself and winning the hearts & palates of discerning consumers with the level of local craftsmanship. Yet amidst this growing excellence and diversity there was a sorely felt void. South Africa needed a natural, high-quality tonic water to complement its emerging gin industry – she decided to change this. Today Barker & Quin is a partnership between herself and long time colleague and friend, Chris Wium.

In our bid to create a superior tonic for the discerning drinker, we went to great lengths to source only the highest quality, natural products from Africa. Our citrus flavours and spices are created from distilled essences, and our quinine harvested from the bark of Chinchona trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Combining these ingredients with spring water from the Breede River in the Slanghoek Valley, we have created a delectable tonic, free of artificial sweeteners, colourants and flavourants.


Barker & Quin tonic water is delicious enough to be drunk on its own, but add it to a craft gin, and you create a unique gourmet drinking experience.­­  

Now available in New Zealand

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