Rockit™ apple cardamom tonic

An elevated drink that is non-alcoholic and punchy for enjoying anytime by Petite Sweets NZ

Recipe tips

  • Chopping the apples into batons helps increase the surface area for the beautiful flavours to develop.
  • Macerate the apples with sugar for 2 days before adding the cider vinegar - it gives you the best rosy colour and amplifies the apple flavours. It takes 5 to 7 days before it's ready, but can keep for a month if kept in the fridge. 

Ingredients (Makes 250ml Tonic base)

  • 5 miniature Rockit apples, cored and chopped into thin batons 250g net
  • 5 green cardamom pods gently cracked open
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 125ml apple cider vinegar

To make the Apple Cardamom Tonic:

  1. Chop 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. Everyday, 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 of 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:

  • 120ml Apple Cardamom Tonic
  • 400ml 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.
  4. Garnish with extra apple slices.


  • Find your own favourite ratios by testing different quantities of Tonic and with flavoured sodas too.
  • To make it alcoholic, try adding ciders.