Tonic's World of Flavor

Tonic syrups and waters are flavored by a host of aromatic ingredients.

Tonic syrups and waters are flavored by a host of aromatic ingredients. This first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Camper English's story Miracle Cure.

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The peel of gin and tonic's traditional garnish lends bright notes to tonic infusions.Ingalls Photography
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Tonics flavored with lemon juice and peel can balance sweeter gins and added liqueurs.Ingalls Photography
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With its bright, floral, and bitter notes, the peel adds complexity to tonic.Ingalls Photography
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Kaffir Lime

The leaves of this Southeast Asian plant provide a strong flowery citrus bouquet.Ingalls Photography
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Historically added to tonics for its digestive benefits, the warm, sweet spice balances bitterness.Todd Coleman
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Star Anise

This fragrant Chinese spice suffuses a tonic with a liquorice-like scent.Ingalls Photography
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Citric Acid

Sold as a powder, this fruit-based acid boosts tonic's tang and acts as a preservative.Ingalls Photography
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LemongrassIngalls Photography
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Cinchona Bark

Sold as powder or in pieces, this quinineladen bark gives tonic its bitterness.Ingalls Photography
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Orris Root

The dried root of a type of iris, this powder smells of violets with a taste akin to raspberries.Ingalls Photography
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Grains of Paradise

A spice used in Bombay Sapphire gin, this can add floral pepperiness to tonic.Ingalls Photography