This recipe for a non-alcoholic gin & tonic is just one example of how Monday Zero Alcohol Gin is an excellent substitute for gin in classic cocktails. For more information about this spirit and other mocktails that have been tested, read the full review of Monday Zero Alcohol Gin.
Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic
- 2 oz Monday Zero Alcohol Gin
- 5 oz Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Indian Tonic Water
- lemon wedge (for garnish)
- Rocks glass
- Layer ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.
- Give it a light stir and garnish with a lime wedge.
- Try different garnishes. A rosemary sprig can give this non alcoholic gin and tonic a lift.
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If you’re a fan of this refreshing drink but are avoiding alcoholic drinks, the Monday gin and tonic is a great alcohol free alternative. Below is a little more detail about this alcohol free tipple: the non-alcoholic gin and tonic.
Ingredients in a Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic
Tonic water is a carbonated, non-alcoholic drink made from quinine, water, and sugar. It was originally used to treat malaria and today is still enjoyed as a refreshing beverage. The taste of tonic water can be described as slightly sweet, bitter, and tangy.
What is gin? Gin is a distilled spirit made from juniper berries and other botanicals. It has a unique flavor profile that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails.
In this recipe, Monday gin was used because it most mimics the flavor of a juniper forward gin. It tastes a lot like a classic gin like London dry gin, , which makes it the best non-alcoholic gin for a gin and tonic substitute.
Alcoholic spirits are traditionally distilled, but not all non-alcoholic gin is made this way. Monday gin is a blend of botanical herbal flavors and extracts.
Juniper berries are the primary flavor in dry gin. They have a piney, woodsy taste that is unique and unmistakable. Juniper berries are not true berries, but actually seed cones produced by junipers.
A juniper berry is a type of berry that bears the scientific name Juniperus communis, an ingredient which imparts a distinctive flavor and aroma to gin. The name gin was derived from the French word for juniper, genièvre.
How to Make a Gin and Tonic Mocktail
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add your measured amount of gin (usually 2 ounces). Then, top with tonic water (see recipe above for recommended measurements, but you can experiment to suit your taste).
Stir and enjoy!
Variations on the Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic Recipe
Garnish: gin is very aromatic. Consider what type of garnish you use, as this will affect the overall flavor of the drink. For example, a lime wedge or lemon peel will add tartness while a sprig of rosemary or thyme will give it a herby flavor. A blood orange wheel is a fun way to class up your non alcoholic drinks.
Try different brands of tonic water. Some tonics even come in “light” versions that contain less sugar.
Sparkling water and club soda: Another way to cut back on sugar is to use a sugarless bubbly water. If you choose this route, you can sweeten with simple syrup to your liking, or play up the herbal nature of the gin with garnish or add a squeeze of lime juice.
Best Tonic Water
Our favorite tonic water for most mocktails is Fever Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water – we like the “Refreshingly Light” version for lower sugar mocktail.
More Alcohol Free Gin to Try in a Non-Alcoholic Gin and Tonic
More alcohol free gin has been taste tested in mocktails in The Lineup: Best Non Alcoholic Gin. Of these, the Monday gin and tonic was the best version of an alcohol free g&t substitute.
Every alcohol free gin has a distinct flavor profile. Some are better suited for non-alcoholic cocktails than others. If you don’t like the taste of juniper in gin, you might want to try a different brand or flavor profile. Here are some examples:
Damrak Virgin 0.0: Damrak Virgin has more of a citrus flavor. Think orange and lemon peel. The flavor is delicate, so you may have to use more of it to get the right balance. For more information on which mocktails it tastes best in, read: Damrak Virgin Review with Recipes Tested.