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8 Low-Carb Gin & Tonic Recipes | (Pssst the secret's in the tonic!)

by Drew B

Gin and tonic. Was there ever a better blending of beverages? Nah, we don't think so, either.

But - and we hate to be a dippy downer - did you know that the average tonic water has more than 6.5 teaspoons of sugar? That's more than the World Health Organisation's recommended six teaspoons intake of added sugars!

It's not all bad news, though. Nexba's got your back, with our delicious premium range of tonic waters that are naturally sugar free, with nothing artificial and no nasties. Nexba Tonic Water is made with our naturally sugar free blend. it contains zero sugar, is low carb and tastes spectacular.

Don't take our word for it. We've collected eight of our favourite gin and tonic recipes for you to try. Best of all? They're sugar free and guilt-free, so you can enjoy them again, and again, and again. Cheers to that!

 

1. Rosemary-Grapefruit Gin & Tonic Recipe

 

A delicious, fruity cocktail (or mocktail) using our classic tonic water.

If you prefer things a little sweeter (we get it, grapefruit can be a bit mouth-puckering), add in a shot of freshly squeezed orange juice to balance things out.

Top with a rosemary sprig and some fresh grapefruit over ice.

Ingredients

Servings 4.

  • 2 1/2 cups Nexba Classic Tonic Water
  • 4 shots gin (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Rosemary sprigs and additional grapefruit (to garnish)

Method

1. Combine all ingredients (except rosemary and grapefruit to garnish) in a large jar and mix.
2. Pour into glasses and garnish with rosemary sprigs and fresh grapefruit.
3. Serve and enjoy!

 

2. Coconutty Gin and Tonic Recipe

Move over frosé! Our frozen Coconutty G&T is the ultimate refresher to enjoy, whatever the weather.

Take frozen coconut flesh, some coconut water, our classic tonic and a few ice cubes. Blend it all together and voila! Sprinkle on some basil or mint, slip in a lime wedge and sprinkle with some toasted flaked coconut. If you’re wanting to go all out with the tropical island theme (like us) serve this drink in a coconut shell.

Ingredients

Servings 2

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender, blend until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses (or coconut shells) and garnish with basil and lime.
3. Serve and enjoy!

 

3. Pine-lime G&T Recipe

 

Pineapple is the perfect match for Nexba Lime, Cucumber and Mint Tonic Water. It adds natural sweetness and great flavour (not to mention a huge range of nutrients!).

Top with fresh mint and lime wedges and you have yourself a gram-worthy cocktail.

Ingredients

Servings 2.

Method

1. Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a large jar and mix.
2. Pour into mason jars and garnish with lime and mint.
3. Serve and enjoy!

 

4. Blueberry Cocktail G&T Recipe

 

Superfood cocktails… Not only does using Nexba Tonic Water mean you can enjoy G&Ts without any added sugar, but this one even contains superfood ingredients!

Blueberries are absolutely packed with antioxidants (classifying them as a superfood) but if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding in a teaspoon of butterfly pea powder. What is butterfly pea powder you may ask? Butterfly pea powder is made by grinding organic butterfly pea flowers (not butterflies, we were all relieved to learn).

It’s health benefits are similar to that of green tea: antioxidants, increased immunity, supporting heart health and boosting metabolism. Aside from the health benefits, mixing butterfly pea powder with lemon juice creates a beautiful blue/purple. It’s the perfect natural alternative to food colouring!

Ingredients

Servings 3

  • 2 1/2 cups Nexba Classic Tonic Water
  • 3 shots gin (optional)
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (+ extra to garnish)
  • 1 tsp butterfly pea powder, optional
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • A few mint leaves and slice of lime to garnish

Method

1. Firstly mix butterfly pea powder (if using) and lemon juice in a small bowl.
2. Transfer to a large jar and add all remaining ingredients (except garnish).
3. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint leaves and additional blueberries.
4. Serve and enjoy!

 

5. Spicy Mango G&T Cocktail

 

Mango and chilli is a hard combination to beat. Of course, if you’re not a chilli person, you can simply omit this ingredient.
To create the chilli salt rim, you simply need to coat the glass rim with coconut oil and dip in Himalayan salt and chilli flakes or powder. It’s such a simple addition but it really helps to create that authentic cocktail experience in the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients

Chilli salt rim

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

1. Firstly, coat the glass rim with coconut oil and dip in pink salt and chilli flakes/ powder to create the chilli salt rim.
2. Then combine all cocktail ingredients in a high-power blender, blend until smooth.
3. Pour into glasses. Serve and enjoy!

 

6. Super Strawberry and Cranberry G&T Recipe

 

This cocktail is a great one to make when entertaining guests. It’s so simple and so tasty, and it's sweet-tart taste is perfect all year round!

Ingredients

Servings 6.

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups Nexba Lemon Soft Drink
  • 6 shots gin (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large handful ice cubes
  • Mint leaves, to garnish
  • Cranberries or strarwberries (fresh or frozen), to garnish

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a large jar and mix.
2. Pour into a large jar (or individual glasses) and garnish with cranberries (or raspberries) and fresh mint leaves.
3. Serve and enjoy!

 

7. Orange and Raspberry G & T Cocktail Recipe

 

Fruity, refreshing and naturally sweet. There is something so nice about knowing that what you are consuming contains no sugar and nothing artificial (unlike most drinks), yet without compromising on taste. If anything, it tastes better!

This recipe also works well with any of our tonic water range, however our pick would be the classic so that you get a more intense raspberry flavour.

Ingredients

Servings 3.

  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 shots gin
  • 1 1/2 cups Nexba Classic Tonic Water
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • Lime and additional fresh raspberries, to garnish

Instructions

1. Place raspberries and orange juice in a glass (or cocktail shaker) and muddle using a wooden spoon.
2. Add gin and mix well.
3. Place ice cubes in glasses (we’ve used margarita style glasses) and pour the cocktails over it.
4. Then add tonic water, garnish with fresh raspberries and lime.
5. Serve and enjoy!

 

8. Strawberry & Basil G&T Cocktail

 

Strawberries and summer... a match made in heaven. This delicious cocktail can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and is definitely cocktail-bar standard if you ask us.

We’ve added coconut water for a hint of sweetness (as well as for that great flavour and added hydration), but you can also substitute with additional tonic water.

This recipes is delicious with all 3 of our tonic waters so you can decide if you’re in the mood for classic, cranberry & hibiscus or lime, cucumber and mint.

Ingredients

Servings 2.

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1 handful basil leaves, to garnish
  • 2 shots gin
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup Nexba Classic Tonic Water
  • 1 handful ice cubes

Instructions

1. Place strawberries and basil in a glass (or cocktail shaker) and muddle using a wooden spoon.
2. Add gin, coconut water and lime juice.
3. Place ice cubes in jars and pour the cocktails over it. Then add tonic water, garnish with fresh strawberries and basil.
4. Serve and enjoy!

Remember to drink responsibly.




Drew B
Drew B

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