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How To Make Homemade Tonic Water


    If you’re a fan of gin and tonic, you know that the tonic water is just as important as the gin. While store-bought tonic water is readily available, making your own at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. In this article, we’ll show you how to make homemade tonic water that’s perfect for your next gin and tonic.


    To make homemade tonic water, you’ll need the following ingredients:

    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered cinchona bark
    • 1/4 cup citric acid
    • 2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
    • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
    • 2 tablespoons chopped lime zest
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • Sparkling water


    1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinchona bark, citric acid, lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, and salt.
    2. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
    3. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 20-25 minutes.
    4. After 20-25 minutes, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and let it cool completely.
    5. Once the mixture has cooled, mix it with sparkling water to taste.


    • Cinchona bark can be found at specialty spice stores or online.
    • Be sure to strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids.
    • Adjust the amount of sparkling water to your taste. Some people prefer a stronger tonic water, while others prefer a more diluted taste.


    Making your own tonic water at home is a fun and rewarding experience that can elevate your gin and tonic game. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a unique and delicious tonic water that’s perfect for your next cocktail party. So, try out this homemade tonic water recipe and impress your guests with your mixology skills. Cheers!

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