To first make tonic wine, way back in the 1880’s, some adventurous monks added herbs and flavour extracts to strong red wine. The concoction was a hti, soon spreading all over the United Kingdom. Like many other herb-infused drinks, it was initially promoted as an invigorating, health-restoring potion. That reputation didn’t last long, however, and Tonic Wine has become a well-known party drink. Today’s Tonic Wines usually contain caffeine, which explains the ‘invigorating’ part of their enduring appeal. Curious? Start with classic Buckfast or a pack of Magnum Tonic Wine.