Old Fashioned Quinine Tonic
This ain't your pappy's tonic.
You see, unlike some of those big brands lining the shelves in all the corner stores, which are the same brands that come in the soda gun at your local bar, we actually use real quinine powder in our tonic. Those brands used to use quinine, which is why their letter on the soda gun is always a 'Q'. But guess what? Profits became a little too important, and the real stuff was replaced with high fructose corn syrup and some quinine flavoring.
We at C & B's never knew what we were missing until we tried the real thing, then we were hooked. No turning back to that overly sweet, 'shadow of its former self' tonic water. No siree. Now, after several homemade batches and delicious gin and tonics later (research, you see), we are trying to make the world remember what tonic used to be. It used to be delicious. We're making it that way again.
Our quinine syrup uses organic blue agave nectar, fresh citrus, a bit of lemongrass, a few spices, and of course, pure cinchona bark, which is the source of all that delicious quinine.
The G, C&B
Served in a rocks glass
1 oz C&B's Quinine Tonic Syrup
2 oz Gin (Tanqueray works well)
Top off with lime wedge, ice and club soda
(also works with vodka)
C&B's Tonic & Bitters
Served in a high ball or pint glass
1.5 oz C&B's Quinine Tonic Syrup
2-3 dashes of Angustora Bitters
Fill glass with club soda and ice, stir and add a lime wedge