This is a review of Monday Gin, with brand recipes and non-alcoholic classic cocktails tested. The goal in offering these tastings is to help you find the best non-alcoholic spirits available for the mocktails you want to make. Hopefully after reading this taste test, you will have a few new mocktails with Monday gin in your repertoire for home mocktail mixing!
Monday Zero Alcohol Gin is a great substitute for it’s alcoholic counterpart, and the best non-alcoholic gin in classic mocktails.
Monday created this product specifically to address the alternative beverage revolution, spotting the growing need for less alcohol earlier than others. The bottle design is striking, as is your first sip. Monday is quite bold in flavor, with junipery bitterness like you want in a classic London dry gin. This is especially evident in a gin and tonic.
Note: Drinks made with Monday gin taste a lot like the real thing, so beware if that does not suit your needs.
How it’s made: It’s made by blending natural botanical extracts, with notes of citrus and juniper, followed by spice and a bitter finish. It can be used in place of gin, especially London Dry Gin, in any beverage of your choosing. Keep reading below for more detailed tasting notes and mocktail trials.
Best enjoyed in: Rosie’s Gin
In order to thoughtfully review a product, it must be tested. Here’s the method taken for taste testing all non-alcoholic drinks.
What does Monday Zero Alcohol Gin taste like…
- On ice
- On ice with tonic or appropriate single mixer
- Brand recommended mocktails
- Get creative
First sip – Monday gin packs a punch: strong juniper and citrus flavors hit you first, then you notice the spice. The spice definitely helps to imitate that sharp or “hot” sensation you’d normally get from alcohol, though it’s not quite the same. The consistency is slightly viscous, but it does have a bit of a bitter finish. All around impressive.
Monday gin has a slight milky coloration, but it is supposedly due to certain ingredients, and nothing to be concerned about.
#2 On Ice:
This is about the same, but weakens that viscous texture to start seeming a bit crisper and fresh.
#3 On Ice with Tonic
2oz Monday gin with 5oz Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water over ice and garnished with a lime wedge. Monday Zero Alcohol Gin tastes like a classic London dry gin in a non-alcoholic gin and tonic. Substitute success! The botanicals really burst through the tonic and deliver an excellent alternative beverage. Here is the full recipe: No Gin & Tonic.
#4 Brand Recommended Mocktails Featuring Monday Gin
Here are a few mocktails that Monday features on their website and what they actually taste like:
- 2 oz. Monday Gin
- .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .75 oz. Rosemary Syrup*
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If inclined, garnish with charred rosemary.
*Make the rosemary syrup by adding 1/2 cup each of water and sugar to a medium heat saucepan with 2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped rosemary. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.
Verdict: Rosie’s Gin is one tasty beverage: fun to make with the perfect blend of flavors. Monday gin mocktail success!
Ramos Gin Fizz
2 oz. Monday Gin
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon
1/2 oz. Fresh Coconut Milk
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
Quality Soda Water (Topo Chico recommended)
Chill a Collins glass. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice – shake it! Strain, remove ice, pour goods back into the shaker for another round of vigorous shaking aka “dry shake.” Strain into that Collins glass. Top with quality soda water. If available, mist with orange flower water.
Verdict: Monday’s non-alcoholic version of a Ramos Gin Fizz is a very refreshing beverage that could easily pass as an alcoholic cocktail. Substitute approved. I did not have fresh coconut milk, but instead used an organic canned coconut milk and it worked just as well.
- 1.5oz Monday Gin
- 1.5oz Coconut Water
- .75oz Fresh Lime
Add all ingredients to a short glass over ice. Stir, garnish with a wedge of fresh lime and serve!
Verdict: This is fresh, but it’s better topped with some quality tonic water. Here’s the updated recipe: Coconut G&T
#5 Get Creative with Monday Zero Alcohol Gin
To test its versatility, here is a Bee’s Knees mocktail. This non-alcoholic version of a classic Prohibition drink is a blend of Monday gin, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Here’s the recipe:
Non Alcoholic Bee’s Knees
- 2oz Monday Zero Alcohol Gin
- .75oz fresh lemon juice
- .75oz honey syrup (1:1 honey, water)
Pop a coupe glass in the freezer then gather your materials. Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into your chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Verdict: Refreshing mocktail success! The botanical punch in the spirit really works in this beverage.
Overall, Monday Zero Alcohol Gin is a great substitute for gin. The brand recommended mocktails are well crafted and delicious, and Monday Gin works perfectly in non-alcoholic classic cocktails, due to the juniper flavor usually found in gin.
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Natural Spring Water, Monkfruit Extract, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Xanthum Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Juniper Extract, Natural Coriander Seed Extract, Natural Cucumber Extract
Nutrition: Serving size: 1.5oz | 0 calories; Fat 0g; Carbohydrates 0g; Sugar 0g; Sodium 0g; Protein 0g*
*Nutrition information was found on the bottle and might be subject to change.
Storage: Refrigeration not necessary. Consume within 6 months of opening.