Tonic water is a quinine-based bitter-sweet soft drink / mixer. Premium brands include Q Tonic and Fever Tree. Mainstream brands tend to be sweeter, although the Whole Foods 365 brand may than others.

A tonic syrup may be made and combined à la minute with seltzer or soda water, allowing control of the intensity and flavors of the tonic water, as well as the sweetness.

Tonic Syrup Recipes include:

Some popular cocktails containing Tonic water

  • Coffee and Tonic — Tonic water, Bergamot liqueur, Coffee
  • Gin & Tonic — Gin, Tonic water, Lime
  • Cosmopolitan Milk Punch — Vodka, Tawny port, Triple sec, Tonic water, Cardamom, Cranberry juice, Milk, Star anise, Lime juice, Sugar, Bay leaf, Clove, Pomegranate molasses, Orange peel, Grapefruit peel
  • Honey & Thistle — Cardamaro, Aromatized wine, Amaro Sibilla, Tonic water, Orange peel
  • Fireworks — Gin, Bitters, Tonic water, Hellfire Habanero Shrub, Grenadine
  • Suze in Paradise — Suze, Tonic water, PInk grapefruit juice, Creme de Framboise
  • Earl of Lavender — Gin, Bitters, Tonic water, Bergamot liqueur, Simple syrup, Lime juice
  • Pixie Fingers — Gin, Tonic water, Lemon juice, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Rosemary, Lemon
  • Suze Tonic — Suze, Bitters, Tonic water, Lemon juice, Lemon
  • All Hail to the Arsenal — Gin, Campari, Triple sec, Bitters, Tonic water, Lime juice
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