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DIY Tonic Water

Before we are going into this recipe we all have to be well aware of what we are doing. Cinchona bark can be poisonous so make sure to use it right! My recipe contains a small amount of cinchona bark and I calculate the amount of quinine dissolved into the syrup.

𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦. 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐦𝐛𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 -

So now I will show you how to make homemade tonic water so that you can enjoy a truly unique Gin and Tonic. A lot is known about gins, but do we know enough about the tonics? Here I am focusing more on the second part of this mixed drink and showing you how to make it yourself! I am sure you will impress your friends at the next Gin & Tonic party with this homemade tonic water.

Homemade Tonic Syrup

· 250 ml (8 1/3oz) water

· 7 g dried chinchona bark powder

· 5 g grated grapefruit peel

· 1 g grated lemon peel

· 1 g grated lime peel

Gently mix before heating and let it boil for 5 minutes. When that’s done, strain it through a coffee filter. Measure out 200 ml of this infusion and add

· 200 g sugar

· 10 g citric acid and

· 5 g malic acid

Stir and let it cool before bottling.

Homemade Tonic Water

Add into a soda siphon:

· 255g cold water

· 45 ml (1 ½ oz) homemade tonic syrup

· 3 drops of 20% saline solution (20 g salt dissolved in 80 ml of water)

Add a CO2 cartridge, shake it vigorously for around 10 seconds, then let out the gasses. Then add another cartridge and repeat the process. This method will make the tonic water really well carbonated.

Truly Unique Gin & Tonic

· 50 ml (1 2/3 oz) Canaima Gin

· 100 ml (3 1/3 oz) homemade tonic water

· Grapefruit wedge

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John Vincey
John Vincey
Jul 05, 2022

instead of using soda siphon can we use just gin , tonic surup & soda …. if can what will be the measures of the tonic syrup & soda …

thank you

Kevin Kos
Kevin Kos
Jul 06, 2022
Replying to

Exactly! You can just use gin, syrup and soda water. 15 mL (0.5 oz) syrup and 85 mL or (a bit less than 3 oz) soda water.

Best regards!

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