Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party Drinks

My go-to, no-brainer cocktail is a Gin Tonic.   This classic and easy drink is light, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion. About a year ago, I had to switch to a low carb (carbohydrate) diet and I was bummed that I wouldn’t be able to drink my favorite cocktail.  Since carbs suddenly became precious, I didn’t want to exhaust my daily allowance in drinks:-)

Well, they say that necessity is the mother of all new cocktails (if I may twist the phrase a bit).   I tried several different options, including diet tonic (yuck) and using club soda instead.   Finally I came to this simple hack: start with a good quality Gin and just replace half the tonic with club soda, and you can barely tell the difference.

Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party Drinks

Fewer Carbs Than a Glass of Red Wine

In fact, with half the tonic, it turns out that a Gin Tonic has lower carbs and lower calories than a glass of red wine!

A regular Gin Tonic, with 3 ounces of tonic, is about 130 calories and 7.5 grams of carbs, all in the form of added sugar (as much carbs as half a slice of bread).   The recipe below has 1.5 ounces of tonic (one measure of the Standard Jigger) and 1 ounce of soda, leading to about ~110 calories, but only 3.75 grams of carbs.   A glass of red wine has about 125 calories and 3.8 grams of carbs.  See, I told ya!

So, next time you have an urge for a Gin Tonic, try this no guilt, low carb recipe.

By the way, my favorite Gin currently is “Rangpur Tanqueray“; if you haven’t tried it already, believe me its worth a shot.

Some of my other favorite cocktails

If you like my recipe for gin and tonic, you will also enjoy these cocktails:

Jal-Jeera Vodka (Indian Vodka Mojito) Cocktail
Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito)

and for something warm for a cold evening or for sipping on the patio:

Mulled Wine Gluhwein recipe Instant Pot
Mulled Wine or Gluhwein


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Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party Drinks
Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins

This twist on the classic Gin Tonic recipe, reduces the carbs with a simple hack.  Read on how to enjoy this light and refreshing drink without feeling guilty.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
  • 1/3 cup ice : about 6-8 medium sized ice cubes
  • 1.5 ounces gin : 1 standard jigger. I recommended Rangpur Tanqueray
  • 1.5 ounces tonic water : 1 standard jigger. I recommended Fever Tree Tonic Water
  • 1 ounces club soda or seltzer water : 2 measures of the small side of a standard jigger
  • 1 lemon twist or 2 drops of lemon juice
  1. Put ice in a nice high-ball glass
  2. Use a standard jigger to add the gin, tonic and soda. I keep my gin in the freezer, so that its absolutely chilled and also use chilled tonic and soda.

  3. Twist and add a lemon peel or a full lemon slice to the glass. You can alternatively put a few drops of lemon juice.
  4. Stir gently and sip away!
Recipe Notes

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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