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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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My wife and I were watching an episode of House last night, and it turned out that the patient had an allergic reaction to tonic water.
"Aha!", I exclaimed.
"WTF?", she replied.

I was shocked that she didn't know; she maintains that only trivia savants, and people who live in Britain, would know that.

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Without having to "Google" it, do you know what "ingredient" manufacturers add to tonic water?
  I grew up (or mostly lived) in the USA or Mexico I grew up (or mostly lived) in the U.K. I grew up (or mostly lived) in an originally British commonwealth country. I grew up (or mostly lived) in another country.
Yes, I know
No, I don't know
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Answer, so you don't have to Google it:
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Quinine. Which was extracted from a tree bark, and discovered to be a medication to prevent and treat malaria.

So why not add it to the water that gets mixed into the gin, that the British sailors are all drinking anyway? Presto!-- Tonic Water

From wikipedia:
Common side effects include headache, ringing in the ears, trouble seeing, and sweating. More severe side effects include deafness, low blood platelets, and an irregular heartbeat. Use can make one more prone to sunburn.
While it is unclear if use during pregnancy causes harm to the baby, use to treat malaria during pregnancy is still recommended.
How it works is not entirely clear.
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I knew that but had forgotten it. Thankfully your poll allowed me to select both "Yes, I know" AND "No, I don't know".
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scribidinus wrote:
I knew that but had forgotten it. Thankfully your poll allowed me to select both "Yes, I know" AND "No, I don't know".
LOL. I knew it but talked myself out of it (well not quite I picked yes but expected to be wrong).

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Modern tonic water generally contains very little quinine, probably not enough to be medically useful.

So if you are visiting a malaria-infested swamp, consult a doctor first, don't just get hammered on gin and tonics and hope for the best.
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wmshub wrote:
Modern tonic water generally contains very little quinine, probably not enough to be medically useful.

So if you are visiting a malaria-infested swamp, consult a doctor first, don't just get hammered on gin and tonics and hope for the best.

Exactly. laugh

It isn't mentioned on the list of ingredients of modern beverages anywhere.
Apparently it is there for the distinctive bitterness that some people now enjoy. I get it, though-- I like bitter beer.
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MABBY wrote:
wmshub wrote:
Modern tonic water generally contains very little quinine, probably not enough to be medically useful.

So if you are visiting a malaria-infested swamp, consult a doctor first, don't just get hammered on gin and tonics and hope for the best.

Exactly. :laugh:

It isn't mentioned on the list of ingredients of modern beverages anywhere.
Apparently it is there for the distinctive bitterness that some people now enjoy. I get it, though-- I like bitter beer.
http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/drinks/schweppes-mixers/schweppes...
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Quinine = gulp
Juniper Berries = gulp

G&T?
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I'd rather lick the sweat from a dead mans balls!

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MABBY wrote:
wmshub wrote:
Modern tonic water generally contains very little quinine, probably not enough to be medically useful.

So if you are visiting a malaria-infested swamp, consult a doctor first, don't just get hammered on gin and tonics and hope for the best.

Exactly. laugh

It isn't mentioned on the list of ingredients of modern beverages anywhere.
Apparently it is there for the distinctive bitterness that some people now enjoy. I get it, though-- I like bitter beer.


We buy tonic water at the local mega-mart monthly, quinine is listed prominently on the label.
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Galstaff wrote:
MABBY wrote:
wmshub wrote:
Modern tonic water generally contains very little quinine, probably not enough to be medically useful.

So if you are visiting a malaria-infested swamp, consult a doctor first, don't just get hammered on gin and tonics and hope for the best.

Exactly. laugh

It isn't mentioned on the list of ingredients of modern beverages anywhere.
Apparently it is there for the distinctive bitterness that some people now enjoy. I get it, though-- I like bitter beer.


We buy tonic water at the local mega-mart monthly, quinine is listed prominently on the label.

Yes, any tonic water I've checked listed it. Maybe it's a per-country thing? Maybe either Canada lets you skip it on the ingredients list when you only add a little, or maybe in the US tonic is required to have some quinine to get the name?
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Only knew because I'm a huge gin fan. The ONLY reason I'd ever water down a martini is to fight off a disease like malaria.
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The only Tonic I generally care about:

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CasualSax wrote:
Only knew because I'm a huge gin fan. The ONLY reason I'd ever water down a martini is to fight off a disease like malaria.

Tonic in a martini? yuk
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As I kid I lived in the tropics and had to take quinine tablets.

Initially my mother crushed the tablets up and put them in peanut butter to try and disguise the taste.

Yeah..... that didn't work so well.

I'll have to ask, but at one point the advice changed from taking them all year round to only taking them in the wet season. It's a sketchy memory, but I believe there had been deaths related somehow to the quinine intake.
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I'm from the U.S., and I was pretty sure it was iodine, to combat Beriberi.
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But did you know that tonic water glows pale blue when exposed to UV light? Mabby's Mystery Ingredient fluoresces when exposed to UV. Some bars have UV lamps simply to make bottles of tonic look cool.

[i]Bitter Lemon{/i] Tonic Water also contains M.M.I. - and is simply fantastic on hot days. Recommended.
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I always thought it was Laudanum.
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