*Sigh* .... Now that the weather is warming up, the subject of WHAT TO DRINK shifts gears. Coffee, tea, wine and bouillon served very well in the mild winter we just had, while i was doing nothing to dehydrate myself very much. Yesterday and the day before i did a little light yard work, and thirst raised its first hydra head (pun intended).
A very dilute gin and tonic sounded AND tasted good (after i invoked the 80/20 rule and decided to indulge myself). Later on, my stomach wasn't as happy as my tastebuds, and i don't think there can be much doubt about the cause. Tonic is such a simple substance in theory, but let a beverage manufacturer play with the formula and they manage to trade an X for the N, and it becomes ... toxic.
I don't want their bloody fructose, be its source sucrose, HFCS, agave or whatever. And DAMNED if i want aspartame, which many of the artificially-sweetened tonics contain. I've never seen one made with sucralose alone, or with stevia ... and it's those i tolerate best. We compromise with saccharine-sweetened brands, but something in there is far from supportive of THIS body's processes.
Therefore, i hunted down a recipe for home-made tonic, and ordered myself a bunch of cinchona bark with which to concoct it. Since the recipe calls for the juice and zest of three different citrus fruits, i'll try using it without any more sweetening than that, and add a little dextrose as needed. Wish me luck!