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2. What is Tonic Water

The powdered bark of the cinchona tree is bitter, but it was necessary for soldiers traveling to the tropics to take it. To make it palatable, they mixed the medicinal powder with fizzy water and sugar. It was patented as tonic water in the mid-19th century and sold commercially as a prominent alcohol mixer, especially for those who enjoy gin or vodka.

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