Nerdhaus Tonic

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  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped lemongrass (roughly one large stalk)
  • ¼ cup powdered cinchona bark
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp whole allspice berries
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • agave syrup (measured later)

Alternate Recipe

  • You can use grapefruit instead of orange for a slightly different flavor


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 min.
  3. Remove from heat and strain several times using a french press.
  4. Add ¾ cup agave syrup to each cup of mixture over low heat.
  5. Store in refrigerator in a shiny bottle.

Note: you can also store the syrup unsweetened, and add agave syrup to a drink when you mix it.

The Drinks

Based on Jeffrey's original recipe: How to Make Your Own Tonic Water