tonic water

Pronunciation: [TAHN-ik]

Also called quinine water, tonic is water charged with carbon dioxide and flavored with fruit extracts, sugar and usually a soupçon of quinine. It's popular as a mixer, such as with gin to create ''gin and tonic.''

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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