Jan 142020
Homemade Tonic Water

Homemade Tonic Water
Makes about 1 liter of Tonic Concentrate

This tonic makes a fabulous cocktail mixed with gin or vodka. It’s also wonderful mixed with sparkling water as a non-alcoholic aperitif. The cinchona bark and genetian root infuse a traditional bitterness, balanced nicely by the citrus, lavender, and cardamom.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup chopped cinchona bark*
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • Zest of 3 limes peeled zests only
  • Zest 3 lemons peeled zests only
  • Zest 3 oranges peeled zests only
  • 2 stalks lemongrass tops and bottoms trimmed, washed thoroughly and outer leaves removed and sliced into 1/4″ rounds**
  • 4 whole allspice berries
    4 whole juniper berries
  • 4 whole green cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon lavender
    1 tablespoon gentian root***
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Simple Syrup
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except simple syrup in a sterilized, one-quart lidded glass jar. (I like to use Euro-style canning jars; they are functional and beautiful and you never have to search for the lid!) Shake to combine. Refrigerate 72 hours, shaking occasionally, at least once per day.
  2. Make syrup: dissolve 3 cups sugar in 1 1/2 cups water over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to a container and refrigerate.
  3. After 72 hours of steeping, strain tonic mixture, using a mesh sieve, into a large glass pitcher. Strain tonic a second time, using a coffee filter or very fine cheesecloth.
  4. Stir simple syrup into tonic until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour tonic into glass bottles and store in the refrigerator.

For a fabulous Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) tonic syrup, 2 ounces gin, and 2 ounces sparkling water. Stir to combine. Serve with a squeeze of lime and a smile.

*Cinchona can be found online at Herbal Advantage. Buy the chopped bark, the powder is too fine and the larger pieces of bark are a pain to break down into smaller pieces.

**Fresh lemon grass stalks can be found at Asian markets and gourmet grocery stores.

***Gentian root is available online through Starwest Botanicals.

About Keli Sim DeRitis

Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture. Connect with me on Google+

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Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture. Connect with me on Google+


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