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Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party Drinks

Cocktail recipes are brought to you by my hubby, Sumit, who is our House Mixologist 🙂  He has very graciously agreed to be a ‘Guest Blogger’ at GMK, and share some of his most appreciated cocktail recipes! Over to Sumit…

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:-)

Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party DrinksWell, 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.

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, has a little less than 100 calories and 5.6 grams of carbs (as much 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 88 calories, but only 2.8 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.

Cheers, Sumit

Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 2 minutes




Put ice in a nice high-ball glass


Add the gin, tonic and soda


Put a few drops of lemon juice or instead a lemon slice or twist if you want a more subtle taste


Stir gently and sip away!

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