Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

December 12, 2017 (Updated: June 7, 2019) By Aneesha |

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My go-to, no-brainer cocktail is a Gin Tonic.   This classic and easy drink is light, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion.  And the best part is, that it’s low-carb!

A tall glass of chilled gin tonic placed next to an ice bucket

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:-)

Gin and Toni served in a tall glass with ice and lime slices

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.

A tall glass of gin tonic served with ice and lime slices

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.

Low calorie cocktail garnished with lime slices

Some of my other favorite cocktails

If you like my recipe for gin and tonic, you are likely to enjoy these drinks too. Cheers!:

Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito)

This delicous is an Indian twist on a classic Mojito. It blends a popular Indian spice blend, called Jal Jeera, with mint, lime and a touch of tamarind chutney.

Indian spiced mojito served on ice, garnished with mint leaves

Mulled Wine or Gluhwein

And for something warm for a cold evening or for sipping on the patio, nothing comes close to Mulled wine!

Mulled wine, or gluhwein, served in a glass cup, garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Mulled Wine

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Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

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.
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Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 113kcal


  • 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


  • 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!


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


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 11mg | Sugar: 3g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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  • Reply
    July 14, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Thanks Aneesha
    Youre of great help and gin tonic my favourite!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Tolga, you’re most welcome! Glad you enjoyed this recipe. Cheers!

  • Reply
    June 1, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    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!!!😄

    • Reply
      June 3, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      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 🙂

  • Reply
    May 5, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Try it with your choice of crystal light, zero carbs.

    • Reply
      Aneesha | Spice Cravings
      May 7, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Matt, You’ve got me curious now. Will try it over the weekend 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply
    March 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

    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.

    • Reply
      March 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Sheryl A. Fisher
    February 1, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Just curious…why not just replace regular Tonic Water with Diet Tonic Water?

    • Reply
      February 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      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 🙂

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