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The Gin & Tonic is one of the ultimate cocktail classics, its British origins are considered to be almost 200 years old! After all that time we are finally able to enjoy this world-famous drink without the alcohol. The non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic is easy to make and incredibly refreshing. The ingredients couldn’t be more straight forward, you’ll want to ensure these two ingredients are of quality. In this guide to the non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic we will help you choose the right non-alcoholic gin or gin alternative to pair with high-quality tonic water like Fever Tree or Top Note.
If you're trying to cut back on alcohol, a non-alcoholic gin and tonic is a delicious and satisfying option which you’ll likely not even realize it is missing the alcohol!
- Ingredients for the best classic non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic
- Ingredients for the best alternative non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic
- How to make a Virgin G&T?
- How to choose Non-Alcoholic Gin for a Gin & Tonic?
- What are the best ready to drink gin & tonics?
- Gin & Tonic recipes variations
Ingredients for the best classic non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic
For your classic juniper-forward non-alcoholic gin and tonic or G&T mocktail, as some like to call it, you will need very few ingredients that make this drink quite easy to make. See below for our recommended ingredients and ratios.
- 2 oz Monday Gin
- 4 oz of Fever Tree Tonic water or another premium tonic water
- 2 lime wheels for garnish
Ingredients for the best alternative non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic
There are many options available when it comes to selecting the perfect non-alcoholic gin for your G&T. Some will be direct replacements for a true gin like Monday, Lyre’s or Ritual and other spirits will be reminiscent of gin but may not contain juniper at all. For instance, the Pentire & Tonic is a No & Low favorite. This modern non-alcoholic cocktail feels like it comes from the same family as a gin & tonic but brings its own unique coastal flavors to the table. This is a must-try.
- 2 oz Pentire Adrift
- 4-5 oz of Fever Tree Tonic water or another premium tonic water
- Sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish, if you don’t have that feel free to garnish with a lemon peel
How to make a Virgin G&T?
The process to make a non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic is really easy, just follow the steps below:
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour in your non-alcoholic gin or gin alternative.
- If you’re using lime, squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and drop it in.
- Top up the glass with Fever Tree tonic water.
- Stir very gently and briefly to combine the ingredients.
- Garnish with a lime wheel or garnish of choice.
- Enjoy your refreshing and non-alcoholic gin and tonic!
Important notes: Different people may have different preferences when it comes to ratios. Feel free to adjust the amount of tonic water to your taste. You can also try out different garnishes some people swear by lime and others by lemon or even grapefruit. Most importantly do not sacrifice by using a low-quality tonic water and always opt for something premium like Fever Tree, Top Note, or Q Tonic. Believe us, it makes a big difference!
How to choose Non-Alcoholic Gin for a Gin & Tonic?
So you’re ready to sip and serve some non-alcoholic gin & tonics? Here are our top recommended non-alcoholic gins and gin alternatives.
- Monday Gin: A bold, juniper-forward non-alcoholic gin that is inspired by the traditional London Dry Gin. Perfect for replacing your classic G&T.
- Ritual Gin: Bright, crisp and botanical with a peppery finish. If you enjoy the kick of alcohol, Ritual focuses on emulating the burn by using capsicum.
- Sobrii 0-Gin: This Canadian distilled non-alcoholic gin is full of juniper, pine and Canadian ginseng. It’s herbal, dry and provides a sting similar to ethanol.
- Pentire Adrift: Our top-selling gin alternative is unique to its coastal origins. Expect mineral notes and salinity from ingredients like rock samphire and Cornish sea salt along with herbal botanicals such as sage and rosemary. Looking for something more citrus & floral? Check out Pentire Seaward.
- Caleno Light & Zesty: This tropical spirit may contain juniper but it is packed full of fun and exciting flavors like pineapple, papaya, green cardamom and inca berry. Use Caleno for a tropical twist on the G&T.
- Everleaf Mountain: Pink gin & tonic lovers will appreciate the complexities of Everleaf which boasts sophisticated flavors of cherry blossom, strawberry, orris root, rose hip as well as juniper. If you’re looking for more non-alcoholic pink gin try out Lyre’s Pink London Spirit.
We’re grateful to live in a world with so many great non-alcoholic gins that this list can get quite long. Other options we highly recommend are Seedlip Spice 94, Everleaf Marine, Bax Botanics Lemon Verbena, Amass Riverine and Wilderton Lustre.
Want to learn about more than just non-alcoholic gin? Check out our Guide to the Best Non-Alcoholic Spirits.
What are the best ready to drink gin & tonics?
Ready to drink options are great if you’re on the go or don’t have time to whip up a G&T. Check out our favorite non-alcoholic gin and tonics that are canned up and ready to serve. You can drink it directly from the can or pour it over ice with a garnish to elevate your non-alcoholic cocktail.
- Pentire & Tonic: Whether you’re hiking on a mountain, camping in a forest or kicking back at the beach. Enjoy refreshing coastal flavors wherever you adventure. Healthy hangouts made easy. Pentire & Tonic is available in both Pentire varieties: Adrift & Seaward.
- Bax & Tonic: You can now enjoy an expertly mixed Bax Botanics signature serve wherever you might be. Bax canned non-alcoholic cocktails are perfect for those on-the-go moments or for stocking up the fridge. Available in both classic Bax flavors: Lemon Verbena & Sea Buckthorn.
- Lyre’s G&T: The classic gin & tonic canned up for a simple serve. Lyre’s offers firm flavors of juniper & citrus. The bubbles provide a generous mouthfeel and the tonic notes complete this classic non-alcoholic blend.
Gin & Tonic recipes variations
For some, the gin & tonic is sophisticated and hits the spot every time but for others it is a tad bit boring. If you’re tempted to make modifications to this classic try out our recommendations below.
Non-alcoholic Pink Gin & Tonic: Go pink by using Everleaf Mountain as your non-alcoholic base and instead of regular Indian Tonic water switch it out for Fever Tree’s Refreshingly Light Rhubarb and Raspberry Tonic. Garnish with slices of fresh strawberry.
Non-alcoholic Spanish Gin & Tonic: If you order G&T in Spain you’ll notice it comes in a balloon glass and lots of garnishes. In this recipe use Monday Gin or Lyre’s London Dry and add in juniper berries, a few lemon wheels and thyme. The aromas and flavors from these added garnishes will level up your non-alcoholic cocktail.
Non-Alcoholic Red Chili Lime G&T: Okay, maybe you’re in the mood for something spicy! Use Ritual Gin as the non-alcoholic base but first cut a chili in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and pith. In a glass, gently muddle the chili slices. Mix in the ice, lime juice, and non-alcoholic gin and top with premium tonic. Gently stir and garnish with coriander leaves.
By considering these factors, you can choose a non-alcoholic gin that is sure to elevate your gin and tonic experience. Whether you prefer a classic gin flavor or something a bit more unique, there is definitely a non-alcoholic gin out there that will suit your taste.
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