According to Drinkaware, a gin and tonic with 25ml of gin (with 37.5% ABV) has 97 calories. However, with such a range of different gins and tonics out there, all containing a variety of ingredients, the calories in a G&T will depend on the type of gin, as well as the type of tonic used.
Today, many have become more concerned about their health, and the food and drink they put into their bodies (and rightfully so!) – looking for the “healthiest” drinks with the fewest calories to help them with this.
However, drinking alcoholic beverages, such as ILoveGin’s favourite, expertly crafted gins, should always be considered as a treat to be indulged in sensibly.
While sadly, there’s no such thing as a healthy gin, or a healthy G&T for that matter, depending on the bottle you go for, it could be substantially lower in calories than other common drinks – including beer and wine.
Here, ILoveGin explores how many calories are in gins, tonics and more.
How Many Calories Are in Gin?
Many gins offer comparably lower calorie counts than other alcoholic beverages – a 25ml measure of gin with fruit juice or a mixer can amount to 108 calories, whereas a 175ml glass of wine can come to 159 calories, and a pint of cider at 216 calories.
However, as previously mentioned, not all gins will hold the same calories. Depending on their ingredients, certain gins will have more than others – for example, 100ml of Greenall’s Blueberry Gin contains 207kcal, while 100ml of Bombay Sapphire Gin holds 236 calories.
Certain flavoured gins can also have considerably more sugars than others. According to one survey, sponsored by Greenall’s, some flavoured gins could hold up to 15 teaspoons of sugar per bottle, while others (including Greenall’s own Blueberry Gin) contain zero added sugars.
How Many Calories Are in Gin and Low Calorie Tonic?
As the name suggests, swapping higher calorie mixers with a “low calorie tonic” can lower the calorie count of your G&T.
But what’s the difference between regular tonics and diet ones? Diet tonics will typically be lower in calories than regular tonics. For example, 100ml of Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water holds 35.61kcal, whereas 100ml of Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Indian Tonic Water holds 15kcal.
Regular tonic water will most likely contain sugar, while in contrast, diet tonics will utilise alternative sweeteners, both natural and artificial – the type of sweeteners varying from brand to brand.
What Is the Lowest Calorie Cocktail?
Gin & Tonic cocktails can be substantially low in calories, especially when using light tonics and low calorie gins.
There are a number of cocktails you can make low-cal, including:
- Vodka & Soda
- Bloody Mary
The calories you get from a cocktail won’t just be down to the spirits you use (e.g. the gin), but can also come from the mixers included. When looking to make a low calorie cocktail, it’s therefore important to consider all the ingredients used for this.
With summer just around the corner, what better way to enjoy the sun than with a refreshing fruity flavoured gin?
Tarquin’s have created a Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin, bringing to each glass its idyllic Cornish coast heritage, reminiscent of summer holidays and sunny seaside days out.
Tarquin’s Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin
Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin is expertly crafted, distilled with 14 botanicals, selected by hand, with 100% British rhubarb and raspberry.
All of Tarquin’s gin is produced along the north Cornwall coast in small batches – all of which have slightly different flavours making each batch unique. The gin is handcrafted meticulously using special flame-fired copper pot stills – the three stills used called Tamara, Ferrara and Senara.
After distillation, the gin is infused with the rhubarb and raspberries – giving the gin its vibrant pink blush.
Tarquin’s Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin Perfect Serve
How you enjoy this master-crafted product will depend on your own unique preferences and tastes. However, the ideal serve is detailed as follows:
- An iced high-ball
- Ginger ale
- Fresh raspberries and mint to garnish
To create your own ways to serve this hand-crafted gin, it might help to explore the tasting notes that come with it, Tarquin’s describing these as:
Taste – “Initial hit of rhubarb sorbet followed by fresh raspberries and soft juniper.”
Nose – “Crisp, fragrant juniper still prominent as the backbone of the gin, with notes of lemon sherbet, crisp pine and eastern spice.”
Finish – “Candied raspberry jam and zesty citrus sorbet. Retains a lovely dryness to the finish due to zero added sugar.”
To help you find the ideal serve for your Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin experience, why not explore our shop of Tonics & Mixers for inspiration.
Top Flavoured Gins for Summer
With the flavoured gin market booming and such a range of spectacular new gins emerging as a result, why stop at rhubarb and raspberry?
As we near the summer of 2021 and all the colourful boozy concoctions we want to bring to it, why not explore our range of top flavoured gins for summer:
- Tarquin’s British Blackberry Gin
- Palmers Celebration (Strawberry & Rose) Gin
- JJ Whitley Pink Cherry Gin
- JJ Whitley Plum Gin
- JJ Whitley Blood Orange Gin
- Greenall’s Blueberry Gin
- Jawbox Pinapple & Ginger Gin Liqueur
For those wanting to explore a range of different gins without having to buy full bottles each time, our ILoveGin Club might be just the thing for you.
Each month, members of our ILoveGin Club will receive a G&T tasting box, including:
- 2 x miniature gins
- 2 x complimentary tonics/mixers
- A recipe card with tasting notes
- Information/history on the gins for that month
- Free delivery
Members will also get additional perks for joining our gin club, including discounts on gins and tonics throughout our shop.
Are Flavoured Gins High in Calories?
While many of us know gin to have a significantly lower calorie count when compared to other popular alcoholic drinks, one survey found that some of the UK’s biggest-selling flavoured gins hold substantial amounts of sugar – sometimes even 15 teaspoons per bottle!
However, this isn’t the case for all flavoured gins, the survey sponsored by Greenall’s – a flavoured gin provider themselves – who sell a number of these gins with zero added sugar.
Pink gin has become a sweet and summery trend many gin fanatics know and love, but could blue become the new pink?
Blueberry gin has emerged as yet another colourful, fruity sweet gin, variations of it expertly crafted by renowned British distillers. But what exactly is blueberry gin? How is it made? And what’s the best way to enjoy it?
Here, ILoveGin explores answers to all these questions and more…
What Is Blueberry Gin?
Blueberry gins vary depending on their distillers. For example, Greenall’s Blueberry Gin is made by infusing the distiller’s Original London Dry Gin with blueberries.
Greenall’s is renowned as the original London Dry Gin, hand crafted by the oldest distillers in Britain, its recipe created in 1761 by Thomas Dakin – which hasn’t changed after all this time, and is known by only a select few master distillers.
For their Blueberry Gin, Greenall’s infuse real blueberries with their iconic London Dry Gin, offering a refreshing, smooth taste with citrus notes and hints of rich camphor.
How Many Calories Are In Greenall’s Blueberry Gin?
Greenall’s Blueberry Gin holds 207kcal per 100ml. This, however, does not factor in any mixers you introduce with the gin, which will change the number of calories in your drink.
This gin is also Kosher, vegan and gluten free, catering to a range of different dietary requirements.
It also holds no added sugar, stopping the gin from being overly sweet. This is something Greenall’s have also done with a number of other gins from their flavoured gin range.
Blueberry Gin Cocktail
The sweet and refreshing flavour of blueberry gin makes it perfect for a light summer cocktail. A fantastic cocktail to create, particularly with Greenall’s Blueberry Gin, is the Blueberry Gin Smash.
For this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 50ml Gin
- 2 dashes bitters
- 15ml runny honey
- 15ml dry vermouth
- 6 fresh blueberries (plus extra couple for garnish)
- Sprig of mint
- 3 fresh lime wedges
- Tonic water
We loved Greenall’s Blueberry Gin so much it was included in our members’ box – “The Blue Box”, accompanied by a Sussex Chilgrove Bluewater Gin and Schweppes 1783 crisp and light tonics.
Buy Blueberry Gin
With summer fast approaching and an ease in COVID-19 restrictions possible in the next few months, blueberry gin makes for the perfect beverage on hot sunny days. You can find Greenall’s Blueberry Gin here – a 70cl / 37.5% bottle costing £22.
For those looking to explore the world of new and exciting gins further, and at an affordable price, our members subscription boxes could be just what you’re looking for.
Included in each subscription box:
- A G&T tasting box, delivered monthly
- Makes 4 x G&Ts
- 2 x miniature gins
- 2x tonics or mixers
- Information on the gins for that month, their history, tasting notes and top recipes
Gin has become an incredibly divergent spirit, gin lovers now able to appreciate the tipple in a range of different variations – including a wide assortment of flavours and infusions.
Berry gins have become a well-loved branch of the spirit, with blackberry, blueberry, rhubarb and raspberry flavours filling our virtual shelves here at ILoveGin. One of the defining ingredients in gin itself is even a berry – the juniper berry.
Here, ILoveGin explores the world of berry gins, including popular types, the mixers that work best with them, and where to find them.
Why Does Gin Have Juniper Berries in It?
Juniper plays a huge part in gin – in fact, throughout E.U. states, in order to be classified as a gin the drink has to contain juniper berries. What’s more, this classification also requires juniper to be the predominant flavour in the drink – otherwise it isn’t gin.
Flavoured gin, or gin liqueurs, aren’t in the same category as traditional gin, as their predominant flavours characteristically aren’t gin but rather other often refreshing and delicious flavours.
Types of Berry Gin
There are a wide range of different berry flavoured gins, some of our favourites including the following:
- Tarquin’s British Blackberry Gin – distilled in tiny batches on flame-fired, unique copper pot stills before being infused with the most brilliant, vibrant berries around.
- Palmers Celebration (Strawberry & Rose) Gin – distilled with British rose petals and strawberries, released in 2018 in celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
- Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin – distilled in small batches before being infused with rhubarb and raspberries to give the gin its signature blush.
Each of these gins have their own inspirations and innovative stories behind them, which you can read about on our blog – exploring their founder’s story, their creation and more.
Wild Berry Gin
For those wanting a natural berry flavour to their gin, Mór Wild Berry Gin may be just what you’re looking for.
This gin has been expertly crafted to offer a refreshing burst of botanicals; Blackberries, Raspberries and Cranberries infused with Coriander, Angelica Root, Rosemary and Juniper.
The taste is described to start with an earthy tone, the rosemary and coriander being dominant flavours here, after which the sweet, juicy taste of berries refreshes the mouth, finished delicately with a peppery hint.
What Mixes Well with Wild Berry Gin?
What mixes best with a wild berry gin will depend entirely on the gin in question. Taking the Mór Wild Berry Gin as an example, ILoveGin recommend the following serve:
- Ice (and plenty of it!)
- A wedge of grapefruit
- A premium tonic water
However, this isn’t the only serve we’ve found to work fantastically well, The Mór Wild Berry Gin making it into our subscription box “The Emerald Isle Box”, with a recommended serve of Poacher’s Citrus Tonic, raspberries and finished off with a squeeze of lime.
Buy Berry Gin
You can find a range of different berry gins with ILoveGin, our shop including those explored throughout this article, as well as Greenall’s Blueberry Gin and Slingsby Gooseberry Gin.
Want to explore berry gins? Why not visit our shop to explore our collection of fantastic gin bottles.
We’re very proud to announce a brand new product that we’ve been working on at ILoveGin headquarters that makes pouring yourself a G&T as easy as turning on the tap! Our special tap fitting combines botanicals and powered alcohol with a filtration and mixing system to literally provide gin on tap at home! The device will retail at £89 and cartridges will cost £10-15 with each cartridge able to produce 1 litre of 40% gin.
Dr Christopher Smart and his wife Professor Katherine Smart launched the Surrey Copper Distillery in 2018, and created a gin based on a recipe penned by Ambrose Cooper in his Complete Distiller first published in 1757. This gin brings history to life!