Homemade Tonic Water for the Ultimate Gin and Tonic
Note: Penn Herb Co. is a great, and economical, source of Cinchona Bark. For the other ingredients, look in the bulk spice area of your local grocery or health food store. Note: Dry ingredients are listed by weight, liquid ingredients are listed by volume.
3stalkslemongrasstops and bottoms trimmed and outer leaves removed then sliced into ⅛" to ¼" rounds (2.5 ounces / 71 grams)
4whole allspice berries
3whole green cardamom pods
Rich Simple Syrup
3cupsnatural cane sugar(21 ounces / 600 grams)
1 ½cupswater(355 ml)
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Combine all ingredients except rich simple syrup in a sterilized, one-quart lidded glass jar. Shake to combine. Refrigerate 72 hours, shaking occasionally, at least once per day.
Make rich simple syrup: dissolve 3 cups sugar in 1 ½ cups water over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to a container and refrigerate.
After 72 hours, strain tonic mixture into a large glass pitcher. Strain tonic a second time, using a coffee filter or very fine cheesecloth.
Whisk simple syrup into tonic until thoroughly combined.
Pour tonic syrup through a funnel into storage bottles and store in the refrigerator.
For the Ultimate Gin & Tonic
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 1 tablespoon tonic syrup, 2 ounces gin, and 2 ounces sparkling water. Stir to combine. Serve with a lime wedge (about ⅙ of a fresh lime). To drink: squeeze the lime wedge into the drink, then drop it in. Enjoy!
Carefully wash citrus fruits and lemongrass before zesting / chopping.