10 Tonic Water Cocktails to Try

Originating as a Native American remedy for malaria, tonic water is a combination of soda water and quinine.

A bottle of gin and glasses of tonic water cocktails

Quinine is the crucial ingredient from the South American cinchona tree that has a distinct flavor and a bitter aftertaste.

Modern tonic water adds a bit of sweetener to neutralize the bitterness without losing its herbaceous flavor.

Now, tonic water is a key ingredient in cocktails worldwide. Read on to explore a diverse list of tonic water cocktails.

Tonic Water Cocktails


Tonic water used to relieve feverous symptoms of Malaria, but now it’s a flavorful additive to cocktails. My list of tonic water cocktails features a diverse range of spirits, juices, and aromatics.

Let me know which tonic water cocktail you enjoyed the most in the comments below. 

A bottle of gin and glasses of tonic water cocktails

10 Tonic Water Cocktails to Try Now

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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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