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repartee Jul 28, 2009 05:32 PM

I've come by a lot of tonic water. Any ways to use it other than Gin and Tonic?

  1. bermudagourmetgoddess Aug 5, 2009 12:49 PM

    Ice Cubes - I make ice cubes out of Tonic.

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    1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
      alkapal Aug 6, 2009 03:08 AM

      bermudagourmetgoddess, you get the top award for the cleverest use of tonic water! veeeerrrry nice for a g&t!

      1. re: alkapal
        bermudagourmetgoddess Aug 6, 2009 07:58 AM

        Thank you and yes it is a nice for a G&T and soda water iced cubes are nice for my vodka and soda water!

    2. viperlush Aug 5, 2009 12:27 PM

      I mix it with fruit juice to cut the sweetness and calories (diet tonic water)

      1. litchick Aug 5, 2009 11:25 AM

        There's also a nice twist on an Arnold Palmer: iced tea and tonic.

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          cresyd Aug 2, 2009 02:35 PM

          Does very well with getting red wine out of carpet or other fabrics.

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          1. re: cresyd
            BobB Aug 3, 2009 05:08 AM

            No, that's club soda. Tonic water has some sugar in it, all you'd get is a carpet that's stained AND sticky.

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              cresyd Aug 3, 2009 06:07 AM

              I know I've heard that about club soda, but I have used tonic water before without problem. Though with the sugar content, it would be important to keep it in mind.

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                alkapal Aug 3, 2009 07:13 AM

                i wouldn't put tonic on my carpet, unless i was expecting to clean it again pretty much the next day.

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            malibumike Aug 2, 2009 08:39 AM

            Actually we use some that has turned flat to make gravy, half tonic half water, it seems to add a nice little tang to the gravy.

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              cimui Aug 1, 2009 09:23 PM

              gin and tonic sorbet
              biscuits (http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,164,1...)

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                Cameraman Jul 31, 2009 08:58 PM

                Use it to relieve muscle cramps. I was in a club one night after packing a truck with furniture and I was getting persistent cramps in my hands, arms and legs. A friend had me drink a couple of glasses of tonic water. No more cramps.

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                1. re: Cameraman
                  alkapal Aug 1, 2009 05:41 AM

                  for the heck of it, i googled "quinine and muscle cramps" - and found an FDA warning about using quinine (in its drug form) for cramps. http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20061212/fda-dont-use-quinine-leg-cramps

                  here's more about it's efficacy and potential side effects in leg cramps for adults: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0689/is_1_54/ai_n9484259/

                  i'd think tonic water is mild enough for such use, though! ...or maybe just gnaw on some cinchona bark (from which quinine's derived)! ;-)).

                  ps, here's a link if you need a "quinine LAWYER"! LOL!!! http://www.resource4thepeople.com/def...

                  1. re: Cameraman
                    Infomaniac Aug 1, 2009 08:15 PM

                    I've used it for muscle cramps before, and suprisingly, if you place a bottle next to a black light it glows.

                    1. re: Infomaniac
                      alkapal Aug 2, 2009 02:39 PM

                      i wonder if native cinchona users would use it as a poultice or a decoction?

                  2. alkapal Jul 31, 2009 07:32 AM

                    head buzz quite perplexing: applejack brandy and tonic!

                    and i like the rose's lime juice idea, too.

                    1. BobB Jul 30, 2009 08:47 AM

                      It's not bad by itself, or with just a wedge of lime added. Less sweet than most carbonated soft drinks.

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                        shanagain Jul 30, 2009 01:42 PM

                        Or splash of Rose's lime.

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                        cycloneillini Jul 29, 2009 08:48 PM

                        Mount Gay rum or any similar amber rum and tonic is good too.

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                          Harters Jul 29, 2009 06:55 AM

                          Tonic and bitters.

                          An almost alcohol free version of the "pink gin"

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                            litchick Jul 31, 2009 03:28 PM

                            I love tonic and bitters. It's my standard bar drink when I'm trying to be good about not imbibing too many cocktails. It tastes great and feels substantial.

                            My other constant: tonic over ice with a generous splash of limoncello. The sweetness and citrus of the limoncello plays very well with the bitterness of the tonic.

                            Also a fan of tonic and cynar over ice -- double bitterness, but super refreshing.

                          2. fmed Jul 28, 2009 05:43 PM

                            Lots of cocktails use tonic water: http://www.drinknation.com/ingredient...

                            ...and of course, there's the malaria prevention benefits.

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                              sundogcat Jul 28, 2009 05:46 PM


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