Cinchona Bark, Cut&Sifted - Wildcrafted - Cinchona officinalis (454g = One Pound) Brand: Herbies Herbs
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Another piece of advice: tempting though it is to use agave syrup in lieu of sugar (simple) syrup, know that is is worse for you than high fructose corn syrup (!) It is not made from the nectar of the agave, that is reserved for spirits, but rather, is processed from the starchy root of the agave plant - very similar to how corn is processed for corn syrup. The resulting nectar is higher in fructose than HCFS! If you - like me and so many others - go through the trouble of making your own tonic syrup to get away from the soda-pop concoction passing as tonic from schwepp's etc and the unhealthy sweeteners they use, you will want to think carefully about what you use to sweeten.
Hope this is helpful.
Bear in mind that this is in chunks, but is high quality cinchona- I've had really good luck with steeping it for a bit longer than usual, and not breaking it up any more in the spice grinder, but you certainly can- stuff is rock hard though so it's going to be tough on whatever you try to break it up with, so you may just want to steep it like I do. Flavor is good, gets just the right amount of bitterness into your tonic water, highly recommended, I will be re-ordering!
I've been crafting tonics and experimenting with herbs as opposed to the traditional lemongrass. Here is a favorite:
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 small bunch fresh basil
1/4 cup Cinchona bark cuts
Zest and juice the lemons, add along with everything else in a pan and bring to a gentle boil.
Turn the heat down and simmer until thickened, about 40 minutes.
Cool, strain, and bottle.
A bit of soda water a splash of gin, garnish with lemon and a basil sprig.
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Great pure product, makes awesome tonic water... gin makes it better!Published 22 months ago by Nathan Newman
This is real Cinchona bark so good for making tonic and curing malaria..... ty all of the stuff sold as Cinchona is not Cinchona.Published on August 29, 2014 by Steve Johnson
The bark was ground which was disappointing. No large pieces at all.Published on August 18, 2014 by Rosie Baker
Best deal on the market. I have made 3 batches of tonic syrup for home made tonic water and the results have been good with this product. My wife said, "a pound? Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by 4th Corner Eater
I make my own tonic syrup for Gin and Tonic this works perfectly.
Bark is so much easier to work with compared to powder.