GC 54 – Homemade Tonic Water Concentrate


2 oz. cinchona powder (quinine)
1/2 cup lemongrass (or 3/4 cup fresh)
1/2 cup or less citric acid
1 tsp allspice berries
1 tsp cubeb pepper
zest and juice from 1 orange, lemon and lime.
4 cups water
3 cups cane sugar (use 2)

  1. Add all ingredients except the citric acid and sugar to the water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly and strain through a sieve and then through several layers of cheese cloth.
  3. Add sugar and citric acid to taste.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Use 1-2 tbsp concentrate (I use 3), add gin and soda water.  Stir.

You can find these ingredients online or you can buy a convenient kit with everything you need (except the fresh fruit, water and sugar) from Oaktownspiceshop.com.

This is a real quinine tonic drink!

About Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch is a journalist and filmmaker who is now teaching at Montgomery Community College
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