Tonic Syrup (concentrate)
Hmm, I wonder what it is about August that brings out the liquor questions...I notice another one just recently posted. :-)
Mine is about finding a local source of above-average tonic syrup--know one?
Most tonic waters (pre-mixed) are a little low in flavor and high in sugar. The liquor stores I've gone to or called all sell tonic water only.
Where might I find a really good-quality tonic syrup/concentrate in town? Would any shops besides liquor stores carry this? What are the better liquor stores in the metro area?
This thread made me detour to Zipp's on the way home yesterday. They had Tomr's, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., and one other that - if I remember correctly - was more expensive than the others. I picked up a bottle of Tomr's and am going to give it a try this evening. I was also tempted to pick up a bottle of one of the Minnesota whiskeys such as 7 Wells or Minnesota 13, but ultimately did not pull the trigger. I'd like to try one of those sometime, but that's probably grist for another thread.
My wife and I enjoyed Gin & Tonics years ago.
Today we just like Tonic water, chilled, and lightly effervesced.
So after having fun trying any and all tonic water mixes we could find in Europe and North America, we make our own using a Soda Stream Source.
1. Tonic syrup: Soda Stream sells one. Tom's and John's are also excellent, and both freeze well.
2. Cinchona Bark: One of the best suppliers is Penn Herb.com, the cut variety, in a 16 ounce zip top bag. And they ship.
One recipe, of many:
1 cup Cinchona bark, cut, boiled and simmered in 4 cups water. After 1 hour simmering, strain the bark using a fine strainer, and return to a large pot.
2 Lemons, juiced, zested, with everything added to the pot.
2 limes, same treatment.
1 Lemongrass, stalk, chopped and added.
8 Cloves, whole, added.
10 Juniper berries, whole, added.
Simple Syrup, 20 ounces, added.
Cook slow, strain again twice, bottle, and chill. Nicely bitter.
Other additives can include citric acid, star anise, orange peel, citron, rosemary, and other aromatics.
Cucumbers, if used, go into the glass thin sliced, at an angle against the glass wall, before adding ice and the actual tonic water. A nice option for guests.