Before getting to today's post, I want to thank everyone who has put in an order over the last few days. It's great to see that there are people out there who are are willing to explore this tonic I am so fond of drinking. I'm brewing some more.
The title of this post comes from something that someone in an online forum said about the tonic after looking at the list of ingredients. This is definitely not your ordinary tonic.
If you read the label of a store bought tonic, the first thing you'll see is that there is probably "tonic flavor" and "quinine" in it. "Natural flavors" also probably appears in there and most likely high fructose corn syrup. Basically, it's chemical quinine created in a laboratory and mass produced along with some cost effective sweetener and flavoring.
One of my motivations for brewing this was that I wanted to minimize the processed foods (especially sugar) that my family consumes. And I like my cocktails and the social aspect of having drinks.
In any case, I hand pick all the ingredients and brew it up. It takes time but I enjoy it.
This is the result of many iterations. I have others but I thought these are the ones that are ready for prime time.
You could look at the Dry Tonic as the "diet" version of the Robust Tonic. It has less agave syrup and therefore less sugar. However, we don't add anything artificial to kick up the sweetness. We just look at it as a dryer version of what we do. As such, it makes a nice cocktail mixer. The High Hat is one of a few drinks I make with it. I'll post the others periodically.
The Robust Tonic has more agave syrup and therefore more sugar and sweetness. But that's the way things happen in nature. I like to make my gin and tonic using a 1:2 ratio (1 part Robust Tonic and 2 parts gin; build it in a highball or old fashioned glass over ice. Stir and fill the rest up with seltzer. Squeeze a lime wedge over it and toss it in). But play with it. Keep track of what tastes good to you and feel free to adjust.
I've also enjoyed it with just seltzer over ice on a summer day and I'll muddle a mint leaf or two into it. It's flexible.
If you ordered some, please post a review soon. Cheers.