tonic water


Definition of tonic water

: a carbonated beverage flavored with a small amount of quinine, lemon, and lime

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Recent Examples on the Web The tonic water has bold flavors, balanced citrus, sugar, agave and quinine. Dallas News, "Hooked on tonics: How tonic water went from medicinal to trendy cocktail mixer," 28 Aug. 2020 The tonic water is delicate and fruit forward with notes of grapefruit and juniper berry. Dallas News, "Hooked on tonics: How tonic water went from medicinal to trendy cocktail mixer," 28 Aug. 2020 Scan the list of 50-plus gins, choose one and ask the bartender which tonic water pairs best with it. Liza Weisstuch, WSJ, "The Best Gins From Japan—and Why They’re Special," 12 June 2020 Pour in tonic water and stir. Garnish with fresh basil, mint, celery leaves, or cucumber. The Botanist Gin, Bon Appétit, "Gin & Tonics with Alex Delany & Friends," 21 Apr. 2020 While in the middle of a worldwide health crisis, we’ve been asked to practice social distancing, better hygiene, and argue about toilet paper and tonic water. Brian Fisher-paulson,, "As Kevin Fisher-Paulson helps first responders, his husband Brian speaks up," 7 Apr. 2020 In addition to frozen cocktails, there are also nonfrozen ones like the Hello Beautiful, made with Empress gin, grapefruit and Fever-Tree tonic water. Grace Wong,, "Spanish and Portuguese seafood restaurant and wine bar hits West Town, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 25 Oct. 2019 The idea appeared to gain traction after a St. Louis chiropractor posted a video recommending the combination of zinc and tonic water, according to the Associated Press. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "From malaria drugs to disinfectant: Here are some of Trump's claims about the coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 The pull-up bars, fancy tonic water, artisanal beans and sweatsuits that are selling out. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Looking for the peak," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tonic water

1903, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Tonic water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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