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Gin & Homemade Tonic

Before there was high quality tonic with low sugar, we bought Cinchona bark, which is the source of quinine – the medicine that treats malaria and is the active ingredient of tonic.

In April of 2015, I found ground cinchona power at Rebecca’s – a natural pharmacy in Boulder.¬† Lime juice and gin were poured over the powder, and then filtered through a coffee filter to remove the powder. Added some water, or mostly soda water to get all the gin, lime and the extracted quinine out of the mixture¬† and none of the powder. Steuart added another jigger of gin to the tonic and gin mixture, ice and a citrus wedge. Then he topped up the glass with soda water.

Later, we were able to find bark and a small quantity can be boiled to get a tonic tasting liquid, and unlike our first effort, we can add some sugar to the boil – instead of having to make a simple syrup and then intentionally adding sugar to the drink.

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