Tonic water makes great pair for gin, vodka, or vermouth. Its slightly bitter secret is the cinchona bark. The rest of the ingredients vary from recipe to recipe. Here comes our suggestion how to make homemade tonic water. Of course this does not mean that those who serve their guests a gin and tonic made from Gordons and Schweppes are not doing anything wrong. But absolutely nothing. Because the guests are served the socially acceptable VW Golf under the gin and tonics, which is enjoyed at every party without comment. But this is corny. Most likely your guests are used to drinking popular tonic, especially if they are gin fan. So, making your own tonic is a really another way.

If you offer guests an exclusive gin. It will make one or two connoisseurs sit up and take notice. But if you make your tonic water. You will provide the topic of conversation for the evening.

We looked at several recipes and then made them how we liked them. As always, trying is more important than studying. Of course, you can vary the ingredients yourself. But remember if you choose the wrong or shoddy ingredients and bang it’s the flop.

We also try to get tastier all the time. That is why the recipe has been changed slightly compared to the version that we also changed when tasting gin. In this case with a higher proportion of citric acid.

Shopping List for Make Tonic Water

You can find the ingredients in supermarket, the galangal (Thai ginger) in the Asia shop, and the cinchona bark in the pharmacy or on the Internet. The cinchona bark is available in cut and ground form. We used the cut one.

  • 1000 ml of water
  • 40 g cinchona bark
  • 30 g citric acid (powder)
  • 30 g zest of 3 lemons
  • 20 g zest of 4 limes
  • 30 g zest from 2 oranges
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1.6 g long pepper
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger, peeled (about 10 g)
  • 1 slice of fresh galangal (Thai ginger), peeled (about 5 g)
  • 4 g sea salt
  • 1600 ml sugar syrup made from:
    • 600 ml of water
    • 1000 g of sugar
  • Carbonated mineral water

The Process of Making Tonic

First wash the oranges, lemons, and limes thoroughly. Then you put the zest of the citrus fruits (you can use the juice for other purposes) in a large, tightly sealable vessel. We used a wire clip jar that holds two liters.

Then you pound the lower end of the lemongrass stalks soft and cut them into pieces that fit well in your container. Add the pieces with the ginger and galangal to the citrus zest. Now put the cinchona bark, the citric acid, the long pepper, the opened cardamom pods and the salt with the other ingredients into the wire bow glass.

Fill up the mixture with a liter of water and mix everything well. Close the jar and put it in the refrigerator for a few days. Remember, you should shake your homemade tonic water once a day. About five to six days our DIY tonic will ready for filtering.

First you pour the mixture through a kitchen sieve into a saucepan to separate all the spices, peel and lemongrass from the liquid. Then you filter the syrup again through coffee filters. You need more than just a little patience, because it takes time.

The Last Stage of Making Tonic Water

If you try the filtrate now, it will taste inedibly sour. It still needs a full bottle of syrup. To do this, you should produce syrup. Sugar syrup made from 600 ml of water and 1000 g of white sugar. Boil the water with the sugar and let the syrup cool down to room temperature.

Then mix the tonic mixture and the syrup in a saucepan. Mix well so that everything connects evenly. You fill the finished tonic syrup in sterilized bottles, close them tightly and store them in the refrigerator. The syrup can easily be kept there for a few weeks.

Serve Homemade Tonic

Fill up the tonic syrup in a ratio of 1:3 with mineral water (for example 40ml tonic plus 120ml mineral water). Mineral water should be highly carbonated. The tonic water like carbon dioxide. And it should be cold – your homemade tonic water. With a lot of ice. Whether you enjoy it neat or with gin or with vodka or on vermouth or, or … it’s up to you.

The gin brands that we tried with the our own tonic water are: Berkeley Square Gin and Quarantini Winter Gin.

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