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You can create delicious and natural tonic water at home with our Homemade Tonic Water Kit, which has all the spices and botanicals you need, plus a recipe for making a syrup that you can simply add to soda water and your liquor of choice. It's easy to make and better-tasting than any bottled tonic water.
The key ingredients in tonic water are cinchona bark, a natural source of quinine, and citric acid, which helps preserve the syrup and adds a tart, refreshing flavor. Our Classic Tonic Water Kit adds lemongrass, cubeb pepper and allspice berries. Our Lavender Tonic Water Kit adds lavender, french thyme and fennel seed. You can experiment with all kinds of delicious botanicals to make your own delicious tonic water.
Homemade Tonic Water
Makes about 1 quart of concentrate, for 30 to 60 cocktails
Ingredients:1 oz cinchona powder1/2 cup dried lemongrass 1/4 cup citric acid (use more if you prefer a more tart flavor)1 teaspoon allspice berries1 teaspoon cubeb pepperzest and juice from 1 orange, lemon and lime4 cups water3 cups cane sugar
Add all ingredients except citric acid and sugar to water and simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and strain, first through a sieve and then through cheesecloth.
Add sugar and citric acid. (We include more than you need in our kit, so add it a little at a time to taste). Pour into a jar and refrigerate.
For a gin and tonic, add 1-2 tablespoons homemade Tonic Water concentrate, a finger or two of gin, ice and seltzer water. Stir and enjoy!
August 23, 2020
I really loved the lavender tonic water kit, can you bring it back?
March 22, 2019
Awesome! Can hardly wait to try this.
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to cook and spend time with loved ones. We all meet in the kitchen cooking up our favorite dishes. This recipe makes for a great side dish and will have your guests wanting more!