My go-to, no-brainer cocktail is a Gin Tonic. This classic and easy drink is light, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion. Here is my twist, a No-Guilt, Low Carb Gin Tonic Cocktail! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Low Carb Twist on a Classic Gin Tonic
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 enjoy 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.
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!
Each ounce of tonic water has about 2.5 grams of carbs. Gin has zero carbs. So, 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, and lower calorie recipe. This is my favorite low carb cocktail.
By the way, my favorite Gin currently is "Rangpur Tanqueray"; if you haven't tried it already, believe me its worth a shot.
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Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail
- ⅓ 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
- Put ice in a nice high-ball glass
- 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.
- Twist and add a lemon peel or a full lemon slice to the glass. You can alternatively put a few drops of lemon juice.
- Stir gently and sip away!
This recipe has been updated with new photos, step-by-step instructions, and helpful tips.
Thanks for the recipe. I've been doing low carb for a few weeks to control my blood sugar after a severe reaction to a new and expensive diabetes medicine for put me in the ICU. It's working wonders but we are about to go on vacation and I'm craving g&t by the pool. Looking forward to trying this. I've been drinking brut champagne after reading it's low carb but sun and pool screams g&t to me!!!
I hope you enjoy this one Freida!
Have you tried diet tonic and club soda? I know under 4 carbs isn't much but with only 20 carbs a day that's high for just one drink (For Me lol).
I hear ya! I tried diet tonic but that had an aftertaste, which is what led me to experiment with regular tonic + club soda. But I'm glad it's working for you- cheers!
You just discovered the “gin sonic” (soda/tonic)
LoL! Thank you, had no clue this even existed! I learn something new each day 🙂
You got it. Thanks for the Rangpur tip 👌
You're most welcome! We love Rangpur, made Gimlets last weekend 🙂
Youre of great help and gin tonic my favourite!
Hi Tolga, you're most welcome! Glad you enjoyed this recipe. Cheers!
Thank you for saving my happy hour. My wife and I have happy hour around 5:00 almost every day. I wanted to go low card and thought I was not going to be able to have my GT but your recipe saved me and I wanted to thank you. Just fixed myself one and it is great!!!????
Hi Gary, that is the sweetest comment I have ever received! That is so cool that you and your wife have a happy hour at home! I need to start that with my husband now 🙂 And I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. My husband and I started experimenting with our drinks when we started our low carb diet and really enjoyed this version too! Cheers to more and THANK YOU for taking the time to comment 🙂
Gary Timm says
I’ve been on low carb diet for 2 months now. I bought some Perrier and lime water. It tasted so good I thought of adding some beefeater and I think it’s great. No carbs, and low calorie. I even add a little more lime twist. Refreshing on hot days! No guilt!
Sounds yum, thanks Gary! Gotta try that!
Try it with your choice of crystal light, zero carbs.
Aneesha | Spice Cravings says
Hi Matt, You've got me curious now. Will try it over the weekend 🙂 Thanks for the tip!
I was adding water, but will try club soda now. Rangpur Tanqueray makes this work better, since it has a bit of fruitiness already. I also found the Fever Tree Light Tonic is really tasty. It is likely just tonic + club soda, and I can save money by mixing myself.
Hi Mike, Oh yes, you'll be able to tell the difference when you switch from water to club soda. I hope you love this version! Thank you!
Sheryl A. Fisher says
Just curious...why not just replace regular Tonic Water with Diet Tonic Water?
Hi Sheryl, I tired that several times, but diet-tonic has an after-taste, probably from the artificial sweetener, that I did not like at all. It takes away from this refreshing cocktail 🙂