tonic water


Definition of tonic water 

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

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Ingredients Ice 1 1/2 ounces white Pineau des Charentes (see headnote) 1 ounce tonic waterTwist of grapefruit peel, for garnish 1 sprig fresh thyme, for garnish Steps Fill a wine glass with ice. Sonia Rao,, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 Mixologists mix and match the botanicals in the gin with the flavor profiles of several brands of tonic waters from around the continent. Lisa Futterman,, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 To prepare your own, stir one part white port with one part tonic water. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meet the Next Wine-Based Cocktail Trend Expected to Sweep the Summer," 25 May 2018 The quinine in tonic water will fluoresce a bright blue, as will the darkest spots on an overripe banana. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Behind Sparkling White Uniforms, an Optical Trick," 24 May 2018 Allow the drink to settle for a couple minutes, and then top with tonic water. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Low-alcohol, no-alcohol cocktails trending in KC | The Kansas City Star," 9 Jan. 2018 The fifth of Bombay gin and the liter bottle of tonic water on his desk suddenly made more sense. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department," 17 Oct. 2017 Most intriguing are espresso tonics ($5): a double shot, topped off with Fever-Tree tonic water, and infused with flavor, e.g. bitter orange or grapefruit sage. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: They're on a roll with Italian sandwiches," 20 Sep. 2017 Hey, kids, there are non-alcoholic drinks here, including the T=CC2 (vanilla tonic water and cotton candy) and a citrus apple freeze. Dewayne Bevil,, "Day 1: 5 things not to miss at Epcot Food and Wine Festival," 31 Aug. 2017

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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