Cinchona Bark (Cinchona officinalis) is a wood bark that has been used for centuries to ward off malaria. Although the actually reduction of Malaria is in doubt it has been known to reduce symptoms of fever and headache.
Used primarily today as a key ingredient in tonics and bitters. The flavor is slightly sweet like cola.
Net Wt. 0.5 oz (14 gms) -- Note this quantity will yield approximately one quart of tonic water
Basic Tonic Water Recipe (Adapted)
4 cups water
3 cups pure cane sugar
3 Tbsp. powdered/cut cinchona bark
3 Tbsp. powdered citric acid
3 limes, zested and juiced
3 stalks lemongrass, roughly chopped as well as various herbs / spices of your choice including, but not limited to, Allspice, Grains of Paradise, Cardamom, etc.
In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil until the sugar dissolves, then turn the heat down to low.
Add the powdered/cut cinchona bark, citric acid, lemongrass, lime zest and lime juice and other spices. Stir well and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the powders are dissolved and the syrup is thin.
Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out the large chunks through a colander, then filter through cheesecloth or coffee filters to refine.
Place syrup into sterilized glass bottles, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks