tonic water


Definition of tonic water

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

Examples of tonic water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the drink meu through January 2022 encompasses orange juice, cranberry cocktail juice, ginger ale, seltzer water and tonic water. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The new choices: orange juice, cranberry cocktail juice, ginger ale, seltzer water and tonic water. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Wine fiends who have visited Portugal’s Douro Valley have probably fallen in love with port tonic, the local cocktail made with white port and tonic water, and served over ice with a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Finally, there’s tonic water, the most divisive of the crew. Serena Coady, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2021 Simple to make, coffee tonic can be just coffee plus tonic water. Rebekah Peppler, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Strain cocktail into glass and top with a splash of tonic water. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Combine the verjus, soda water and tonic water in a wine or spritz glass filled with ice. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 The tipple makes for a summery Spanish spritz when mixed with tonic water (one-part Al Fresco to two-parts tonic, plus a slice of orange). Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tonic water

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Tonic water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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