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Vader Tonic

Vader Tonic 10.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Feb 16, 2011

Adam Bernbach says the inspiration for this tonic came from his classic drink, the Darkside. For best results, use a soda siphon with this recipe. If you don't have a soda siphon, leave out the water, and then add sparkling water or seltzer when you're ready to make a drink.

The essential ingredient, quinine powder, is a bitter substance made from the bark of the cinchona tree. It is available at La Cuisine in Alexandria (703-836-4435) and can be ordered online from several purveyors including and

For a great gin and tonic: Combine 3 ounces of Vader Tonic with 1 1/2 ounces of Plymouth gin in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and preserved or maraschino cherry.

The Plymouth gin is more elegant and complex, and the subtle hints of pepper and juniper are a good match with the spices, bitter grapefruit, and earthy red wine elements of the Vader Tonic.

Make Ahead: The mixture can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Servings: 10
  • 10 ounces Baking Spice Syrup (see related recipe)
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 8 ounces Spanish red wine, preferably Monastrell
  • 6 ounces water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons quinine powder (see headnote)

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Combine the syrup, grapefruit juice, red wine, water and quinine powder in a large pitcher; stir well. Double strain and funnel into a soda siphon.

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From Adam Bernbach, bar manager at Estadio in Dupont Circle.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 100

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 22g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 21g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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