How To Safely Make Tonic Water At Home

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Jan. 29, 2020

Welcome Friends! Today in the kitchen we are going to make tonic water, and I know that as soon as I said tonic water there's probably already people writing comments down below about how dangerous this is. You know what they're probably right. It is a fairly dangerous, it is fraught with difficulties. One of the reasons that this could be construed as a very dangerous thing to make is that the main ingredient is cinchona bark. Cinchona bark contains quinine, and too much quinine for certain people will cause problems.


Water 750 Gram
Cinchona bark 4 Gram
Gentian root 4 Gram
Citric acid 18 Gram
Coarse salt 5 Milliliter
Cardamom pods 2
Allspice berries 5
Black peppercorns 8
Star anise 2 Small (optional)
Fresh lemon zest 27 Gram
Fresh orange zest 27 Gram
Fresh lime zest 12 Gram
Fresh lemongrass 15 Gram
Sugar 1 Kilogram



1. Add all the ingredients (except the sugar) in a pan and bring just to a boil.

2. Partially cover and let it simmer 8-10 minutes.

3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and then pass through a fine coffee filter.

4. Put this liquid back into the pot with the sugar, and heat to just below a boil.

5. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

6. Chill and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


7. If you will be storing for more than a week, add 30 mL of vodka. Mix 1 part Tonic syrup, with 5-6 parts carbonated water.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes