Apple Cardamom Tonic Mocktail

Apple Cardamom Tonic Mocktail

An elevated drink that is non-alcoholic and punchy for enjoying any time!

Recipe tips: Chopping the apples into batons helps increase the surface area for the beautiful flavors to develop. Macerate the apples with sugar for 2 days before adding the cider vinegar – it gives you the best rosy color and amplifies the apple flavors. It takes about 5 to 7 days before its ready, but can keep for a month if stored in the fridge!

Yield: 1 cup Tonic base

Recipe created by: Michelle Tsang, @petitesweetsnz


  • 5 Rockit™ apples, cored and chopped into thin batons
  • 5 green cardamom pods gently cracked open
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

To Make the Apple Cardamom Tonic:

  1. Chop Rockit™ apples into batons. Place them in a medium bowl, add brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add in the opened cardamom pods and seeds. Transfer to a covered jar for 48 hours till all sugars have dissolved.
  3. Add in apple cider vinegar, stir thoroughly and leave in a cool dark place (eg Pantry or garage) for 3 to 5 days. Every day, give the contents a good stir. Taste it each day from day 3 onwards.
  4. Once the flavor is intense enough for your liking and all the sugar has dissolved, strain out the solids.
  5. Store the tonic in the refrigerator for up to a month.

To Make an Apple Cardamom Tonic Mocktail:

  • 1/2 cup Apple Cardamom Tonic
  • 1 2/3 cup Sparkling or soda water
  • Ice cubes, regular and large
  1. Fill a large mixing glass halfway with regular ice cubes.
  2. Add Apple Cardamom Tonic, top with sparkling or soda water.
  3. Stir well and pour into individual glasses with large ice cubes to serve. Garnish with extra apple slices.

Note: Find your own favorite ratios by testing different quantities of Tonic and with flavored sodas too. To make it alcoholic, try adding ciders.

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