Virgin gin and tonic mocktail recipe: how to make a delicious non-alcoholic G&T.
If you are a G&T lover, you may think an alcohol-free gin-and-tonic cocktail with non-alcoholic gin is just a contradiction in terms.
I mean, once you take away the star of the show, there is not much left in a two-ingredient cocktail… or is there?
Mixing the perfect alcohol-free gin and tonic is indeed not easy. If you have tried in the past, you may have even decided that a good G&T mocktail is not meant to be however, we believe you should reconsider!
Non-alcoholic gin has come a long way in rente times and there are several tricks you can use to lift our virgin gin and tonic from boring to delicious.
This is how to make a fantastic virgin gin and tonic cocktail.
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How to make a virgin gin and tonic mocktail
There are two main ways to try and recreate the taste of gin without alcohol.
You can avoid gin altogether and simply add garnishes and herbs to your favourite tonic water to create a botanical flavour.
This is an easy and budget-friendly option and it is surprisingly tasty, albeit it requires a good mix of garnishes to work.
You may find that to recreate the kick of the gin you may need a slice of fresh cucumber, juniper berries, pink peppercorn and even cardamom pods. This makes for a busy glass!
An easier way is to invest in a good bottle of non-alcoholic gin.
As you will see from our recipe for this virgin gin and tonic, we still love to add garnishes to our G&T mocktail but the preparation is easier and the taste, we believe, more satisfying.
What is the best non-alcoholic gin for a virgin G&T?
Like with real gin, the only way to find your favourite non-alcoholic gin is to taste it. However, we believe you may like the following brands:
Seedlip Spice 94 Aromatic – made with allspice and cardamom with fresh citrus top notes, this is a lovely gin alternative with a bitter finish
Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus – delicious, citrusy non-alcoholic gin made with orange, lemongrass, ginger and lemon peel
Monday Non-Alcoholic Gin – a low calorie, alcohol-free gin made with juniper and citrus and lovely botanicals
Lyre’s Dry London – a lovely alcohol-free gin alternative made with juniper, citrus and pepper berry.
Best garnish for a virgin gin and tonic mocktail
To recreate the botanicals of gin, we love to serve this mocktail with the addition of juniper berries, a slice of lemon and a fresh cut of rosemary or thyme.
How to serve you G&T mocktail
We love to serve our gin in a variety of glasses: a highball glass is the best choice if you want to replicate a classic G&T look but you can also opt for an old fashion glass.
- 1 part non alcoholic gin
- 3 parts tonic water
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1 cutlet of rosemary
- Ice bubes
- Juniper berries (optional)
Put ice cubes in your glass of choice.
Pour one part of non-alcoholic gin, then top up with tonic water.
There is no exact ratio of gin/water: we do however find that 1/3 works best.
Add a slice of lemon and a cutlet of rosemary as a garnish. Add a few juniper berries, whole, if using.
Stir and serve immediately.