Tonic Water

Tonic water (or Indian tonic water) is a carbonated soft drink, in which quinine is dissolved. Originally used as a prophylactic against malaria, tonic water usually now has a significantly lower quinine content and is consumed for its distinctive bitter taste. It is often used in mixed drinks, particularly in gin and tonic.

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Nonmedical Uses of Quinine - Beverages
... Quinine is a flavour component of tonic water and bitter lemon ... On the soda gun behind most bars, tonic water is designated by the letter "Q" representing quinine ... According to tradition, the bitter taste of antimalarial quinine tonic led British colonials in India to mix it with gin, thus creating the gin and tonic cocktail, which is still popular ...
Tonic Water - Fluorescence
... Tonic water will fluoresce under ultraviolet (UV) light, owing to the presence of quinine ... In fact, the sensitivity of quinine to UV is such that it will appear visibly fluorescent in direct sunlight ...

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