Learn how to make tonic water. Why spend money on store-bought tonic water when you can have fun at home doing it yourself for a fraction of the cost?
Step 1. Combine ingredients
Put all of the ingredients except the sugar in the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.
Step 2. Simmer
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Spice to your taste with allspice berries, salt, coriander, orange peel, bitters, and lemons or limes.
Step 3. Strain
Remove the mixture from the heat and strain out all the solids with a fine strainer.
Step 4. Repeat straining
Strain the mixture again, this time through a coffee filter.
Step 5. Add sugar
Put the strained mixture back into the pan, bring it to a simmer, and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Step 6. Refrigerate
Pour the syrup into a bottle or container that can be tightly sealed and refrigerate.
Step 7. Add syrup and serve
Add syrup to soda water to taste. Serve over ice, or use in cocktails.
FACT: Cinchona bark contains quinine, which for centuries was the most common anti-malarial remedy in the world.