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Homemade Tonic Water

Tonic Water
Homemade Tonic Water

I know... this would probably be more appropriate for summer but I recently made tonic water. I have been looking for something to drink during the day and I'm a big fan of soda. But I do not like HFCS. Many of the standard tonic waters like Schweppes and Canadian Dry contain corn syrup instead of cane sugar. You can buy some premium tonic waters but I need something I can drink regularly.

I've been intrigued with the idea of making my own soda. I'd love to have a Sodastream to make my own carbonated water but I hate buying something that I have to get refills.

I came across a recipe recently on Serious Eats. Most of the recipes use cinchonia bark and it turns out a good source of it is a local herbalist - Tenzing Momo.

We visited downtown Seattle this weekend and we made a trip to the Pike Place Market. I just had to get some bark and try it.

What fun! It is great. Just the right amount of bitter and good clean citrus flavors. So easy. I have a jar of it in the fridge that I add to Sparkling water or tap water. Give it a try. Disclaimer: Don't forget that cinchonia bark does contain quinine. See WebMD for potential side effects

Tonic Water
Gather the ingredients - Citrus, Lemongrass, Citric Acid and Cinchonia Bark

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Juice and zest the citrus

Cinchonia Bark
Cinchonia bark

Sliced lemongrass

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The brew - ingredients along with sugar and water

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Final tonic water syrup - looks dark but will lighten when diluted along with carbonated water.

Comments (1)



I'm really interested in your tonic water! That is so cool that you made your own.

We have a Sodastream and LOVE it. I know what you mean about "refills" but the CO2 canisters are easy to either re-order or just pick up around town (Bartells, Bed Bath Beyond, etc).

The amount of plastic bottle waste we eliminated is amazing. We primarily drinnk plain soda water. I'm not a huge fan of the cola/diet cola flavors but the lo-cal tonic is quite good. I haven't tried the berry flavors.

Happy Holidays!

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