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Monday, August 03, 2009

Tonic Water Update

So, belated thanks for the tonic water suggestions form a couple of weeks ago.

Here's how things shook out.

I tried the Whole Foods cane sugar sweetened tonic water. Definitely better than Canada Dry or Schweppes. Not as good as the boutique stuff, and certainly not what i'd call "dry," but better than the torpedoes on the supermarket shelf. And $2.50 or so a six pack, which made it pretty attractive.

Obviously, i'm not the only one who thinks so, since it's out of stock at every Whole Foods in the Triangle. No joke. Talked to someone at the Chapel Hill WF yesterday, and he say's it's been two weeks since they got any in, and they have no idea when it will be back in stock.

Southern Season? All they carry is Stirrings. It was discounted down to %5.49 for a 4 pack of 6 oz bottles. That's a bit more than half of what Parker & Otis was getting for the Q Tonic. P&O also selss Stirrings at $6.99 a 4 pack. Oh, yeah, maybe it's because they're closed for inventory, but SS didn't have any on the shelf, anyway. And the stirrings was not much better than the WF; certainly not worth 5 times the price.

I did follow up on the links to powdered cinchona bark (quinine) for making my own tonic water. And guess what? All sources of powdered quinine on line are back ordered. This is definitely getting a bit weird. Could we truly be running out of quinine? I mean, it's not even the first choice for anti-malarial any more.

Any clues?



  • Here's what I found:

    While it's cultivated in other areas, it's originally from the Amazon... so it could be overharvested or located in areas newly subject to protection?

    That's all I've got.

    By Blogger girlnblack77, at 11:31 AM  

  • Wow, who knew getting the quinine would be tough? I wish you well in your tonic water endeavors. I'll stick with the cosmos at Drinking Liberally for now. =)

    By Blogger Becca, at 3:47 PM  

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